PhoneSkype SK-04 review
We had no complaints with quality – noise reduction and echo cancellation work well. The only gripe is, again, that your audio is routed through the handset, so you have to unplug the phone when you’re not using it. It’s compatible with most VoIP providers and comes with built-in drivers for the keypad and LCD. While it can’t quite match the Sedna, it’s ideal if you want a portable handset to accompany your notebook and is an absolute bargain.
If you’d rather keep your existing landline, there’s a solution: the VoIP Voice uConnect. It isn’t pretty or cheap at £26 (considering you still need to provide the actual handset), but it does allow you to use your own cordless DECT phone and roam around while you make calls.
The benefit is that you can use your handset for VoIP or landline calls – simply dial ** to make a Skype call. If you only want to use Skype, you can set a switch to USB only and then dial without a prefix. You can set up speed dials or press * and type the first few letters of your contact’s name on the keypad – the software then displays matching contacts for you to choose from. If you buy a USB extension cable, you won’t have to suffer the bulky unit being attached directly to your notebook or PC. And, if you already have a decent cordless handset, it’s worth paying the £26 to double it up as a VoIP phone.