USRobotics Dual-Purpose USR9630 Cordless Skype Phone

Just because US Robotics introduced a couple of Skype phones a few weeks ago doesn't mean they can't introduce another one, this time, the cordless USR9630. Its base station (can't use the word "dock" lest you think we're talking about the ubiquitous iPod) plugs into a standard phone line as well as into a PC running Skype, making it a dual purpose phone for the ages. Four handsets can be connected to any one base station at a time so it actually could be a decent phone for families or small businesses looking into trying out Skype a little more seriously. Of course, you could just use the USR9630 as a "normal" telephone, but that's a little self-defeating.

The USR9630 makes use of DECT 6.0 technology so as to prevent any sort of interference with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microwaves, your homemade SETI dish, etc. The phone is able to communicate with the base station up to a range of 150 feet indoors and 900 feet outdoors. It also takes advantage of several Skype-specific features, like the system's voice mail and caller ID. Sorry, Phone Company, we're all about choice.

The USR9630, which only supports Windows 2000 and XP-based systems, should hit stores in September for around $120. Throw in the accompanying USR9631 Accessory Handset and you're well on your way to Skype-qulaity phone calls and fun for the whole family.

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