Dualphone Suite in action
Installing the software is just a few clicks away. After the installation,
the phone is automatically detected once it’s plug in. Sign into Skype™ and
you are ready to go.
When Skype™ is active
The words “PC not available” will be replaced with “Charging” if
Skype™ is not active
As Skype™ allows one to make calls to any phones with purchase of SkypeOut credits,
I decided to take the plunge and purchase 10 Euros which is roughly around SGD$ 20.
Example of rates found in Skype™
I find the it is nearly impossible to input a contact into the phone directly
rather than using Skype™. As you can see from the handset picture, there is
actually no ‘+’ key. How am I supposed to be able to input international dialing
without the prefix ‘+’?
What I did was to save my contact into Skype™. The contact list in Skype™ will
actually be “synced” to the phone. Pressing the dial button with the word “PC” on it
will list out the contacts in Skype™.
Since using internet calls are cheap, I decided to call a friend who is using a
mobile in London and started yakking for about 37mins.
Local Singtel IDD 001
Singtel budget V019
Well, is VoIP cheap? I will leave this conclusion up to you. I wasn’t
surprised by the quality of the communication. I noticed there are lags in
between communication. It’s like my friend on the other side of the globe hears
what I mention a second or 2 later. This is somehow due to a bottleneck in the
bandwidth and not the phone itself. If it’s not better, it’s at least comparable to any
normal DECT phone out there.
The much hype about VoIP using Skype™ and how cheap it is was proven with
this phone. Although there are rooms for improvement for this phone, it served
its function as a good dual phone indeed. Now you can grab this phone in major
IT and Electronic stores around Singapore at S$ 208.
Overall Rating : 82 VRMarks!