The VoIP bandwagon continues to roll along like a jack-knifed lorry-load of toilet tissue.
Thanks to internet telephony, and the likes of Skype, Vonage, and supermarket heavyweight Tesco, the chore of dialling up friends, family and overseas, jail-dwelling pen-pals has never been cheaper or easier.
Now, there’s all manner of sparkling new handsets hitting the market to boost your VoIP kudos.
Trendnet Clearsky has just unveiled the TVP-SP1BK – a Bluetooth-enabled handset. It comes complete with a Bluetooth 2.0 USB dongle to slip into your notebook or tower PC and claims to have a range of up to 100m.
It integrates fully with your current Skype set-up and the damage to your wallet should be less than £100.
Another new kid on the VoIP block comes in the form of RTX’s LAN Cordless DUALphone.
It’s not exactly a stunner in the looks department, but it’s a versatile piece of kit that can be used with a standard phone line and internet connection.
You can even store Web content on it too such as news/sports bulletins and e-mail, all on the RTX’s 64k colour display.
Also, because the DUALphone uses DECT as its wireless medium, the handset can operate in a range of up to 300m – perfect for making calls from the pub next door.
RTX is currently involved in talks to bring the DUALphone to European shores in the very near future, so watch this space.