Sunday, July 9, 2006

D-Link Ships Clamshell Wi-Fi SIP Phone -- $250

D-Link began shipping its flip-style Wi-Fi Phone that combines VoIP with 802.11 b, g, or n wireless connectivity in a compact Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based package. The clamshell D-Link Wi-Fi Phone allows VoIP calls to be made where there is a Wi-Fi network or open hot spot without the use of a PC.

The phones features large, bright color displays for easy viewing of numbers as they are dialed, storage of up to 100 address book entries, caller ID and polyphonic ring tones with seven-step volume control, as well as support for redial, mute, hold and text messaging. Users can expect about three hours of talk time and 70 hours of standby time on a single charge of the Li-Ion, 900mAh battery. An external power adapter and mini-USB cable are included.

In addition, the phone, which uses a Broadcom chipset, offers echo cancellation, packet delay compensation and lost packet recovery, resulting in similar or improved voice quality over traditional phones. It supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption.

D-Link said its new Wi-Fi Phone is compliant with Public SIP Telephone Network (PsipTN) technology, which is expected to be available in the third quarter this year. Users will be able to make and receive free calls within the network via a firmware upgrade and a one-year subscription. PsipTN also allows users to receive calls from regular phones for free.

The phone is now available in two models, the DPH-540 (black) and DPH-541 (silver), for the suggested retail price of $249.99 through D-Link's network of online retailers and at the D-Link online store.

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