So you’ve jumped into the world of VoIP but frustrated with those hollow, echo sounding calls? Polycom is now introducing High Definition sound into their consumer based VoIP products. Take the most recent entries of SoundPoint IP550, IP330 and IP320.
So this is what the Polycom marketing guy came up with to explain HD Voice:
The Future Is Calling – Polycom HD Voice delivers over twice the clarity of ordinary phone calls for life-like, vibrant conversations. The difference is so astounding, you will never want to go back to regular phone calls.
So there you have it. For me, the more interesting feature is the new VoIP phones have XHTML capability to support a wider range of VoIP applications.
UPDATE: The MagicJack phone jack received Product of the Year in 2007. After the purchase of the MagicJack USB dongle (about $40) you pay a one time fee of $19.95 per year for unlimited calling. Not $19.95 per month BUT $19.95 per year. This will reduce your phone bill to just $20 a year! The MagicJack phone is available at Amazon.
Review: GetUSB.info reviews MagicJack, the Magic Phone Jack.
MagicJack is a convenient USB dongle with phone jack attached to it. By connecting your regular phone to the MagicJack phone port, you can now make free calls anywhere within the US for free. If traveling in Canada, Mexico, UK, China, Italy and Israel then you can call home (USA) for free.
MagicJack is a VoIP service which doesn’t have phone charges but rather an upfront cost for the USB dongle. No pricing yet, but it does provide not only free calling using your regular phone, but includes
Lindy has a useful USB VoIP adapter which saves your computer speakers for the important stuff, like music. Many times the headset plug is used for external speakers so this USB VoIP adapter has both a microphone and headset plug. Another bonus is the USB audio adapter works for both Mac and PC. Included is a surface mount mute button to clip out your backtalk to Mom during those Sunday afternoon catch-me-up calls. At just under $22USD it’s a decent deal.
ClearSky is the latest conference call VoIP solution from TRENDnet. The kit includes a base unit and USB Class 1 Bluetooth dongle. Together the system provides a range of over 300 feet so a grab-n-go meeting is no problem.
With a generous push-button nav area and large LCD display the ClearSky is breeze to use, even for the old lady working the front desk. LCD supports English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
TOPCOM WebTalker 5000 is a standalone, PC-less VoIP telephone. What makes this possible is Skype embedded software technology. If I could test this out I would call Microsoft – let them know that still after 1 million IE7 downloads, Firefox is coming on stronger then ever. The momentum continues with Firefox as the downloads are users converting to the web browser rather then upgrades from IE6 to IE7.
During the Skype call I could use the OLED screen of the WebTalker 5000 to enhance the experience and ad my new Microsoft contact to my Skype address list. It appears to be an easy install – like a regular analog telephone, all you need is a broadband connection and router. In addition, the cable connected hand-set can also be re-connected to
The big push from Apple’s iPhone is the multi-touch capability of the screen where multiple activities can take place simultaneously. Well, Synaptics released ClearPad back in August ’06 stating just that. ClearPad is based on Synaptics’ proprietary sensing technology and offers unique capabilities like multi-finger input, proximity sensing, text entry and high resolution finger input.
Enabled through Synaptics clear, capacitive sensing technology Onyx, here, displays the future of mobile technology. ClearPad is a thin solid state film that can be curved and mounted beneath plastics offering mobile designers (Apple) the ability to create sleek and stylized industrial designs. More photos