MAKE FREE INTERNET CALLS WITH ACTIONTEC'S PHONE WIZARD.Telephone communication just got easier and cheaper with the Actiontec Internet Phone (1) See IP phone and softphone.
(2) (Internet Phone) The first VoIP telephone service in the U.S., introduced in early 1995 by VocalTec Communications Ltd., Fort Lee, NJ (www.vocaltec.com). Using a Windows softphone, calls could also be made to a regular phone. Wizard, a small hardware device from Actiontec Electronics Actiontec Electronics, Inc. is a company headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, that designs and sells networking and broadband equipment. They are best known for the Actiontec MI424WR router that is given to Verizon customers. that enables consumers to make and receive free or low-cost Internet phone calls from a regular phone using Skype Technologies' Internet calling See Internet telephony. service. It is the first solution that allows the same phone to be used for both regular and Internet calls, avoiding the complications of needing separate handsets for each.
With the Skype-enabled Internet Phone Wizard, there is no need to pay monthly subscription fees to a commercial Internet calling service for the privilege of making Internet calls over a standard phone. Nor is there a need to be tethered Attached to a data or power source by wire or fiber. Contrast with untethered. to your PC and hooked up to a headset to take advantage of Skype's service. You can use your regular corded or cordless phone A wireless telephone that transmits to and receives signals from a base station within a range of a few hundred feet. Cordless phones are for local use and cannot travel long distances as can cellphones and satellite phones. See DECT and multihandset cordless. to call any Skype user for free and everyone else at low SkypeOut rates.
As a bonus, you get a second phone line absolutely free. If a family member is on a landline call in one room, you can pick up your Skype-connected phone in another, tap a few buttons, and make an Internet call on the spot.
Just plug the Internet Phone Wizard into your PC and phone, connect to Skype via the Internet, pick up your phone, and dial anyone on your Skype "Speed-Dial" list. The Wizard will automatically dial the number using the free Skype service, essentially moving the Skype call from the PC to the phone for a more natural interaction. If you receive a regular call while you're on the Skype conversation, press the # key twice to put the first call on hold and pick up the second.
If you're calling friends, relatives or colleagues who don't have access to the Internet to use their free Skype service or haven't yet hopped on the Skype bandwagon, you can use the Internet Phone Wizard to make a low-cost SkypeOut call from your regular phone to any phone anywhere in the world. You still save money because SkypeOut charges at local rates, even if you're calling overseas.
Calls made with the Internet Phone Wizard are as clear as regular connections, thanks to the latest echo-cancellation technology. Speed dialing is integrated for fast calling. No network configuration, change in firewall or router settings, or external power supply is required. Power is provided by the USB port A USB socket on a computer or peripheral device into which a USB cable is plugged. See USB. of the user's PC.
"Using the Internet to make phone calls clearly saves money, but until now the fact that you couldn't use the same phone for both landline and online calls was a major drawback," said Gunjan Bhow, Actiontec's vice president of marketing. "The Internet Phone Wizard solves that problem for the first time, enabling consumers to take advantage of free Internet calling services like Skype while not losing any of the convenience or benefits provided by their regular phone."
Pricing, Specifications and Availability
The Actiontec Internet Phone Wizard is available for $69.99 at http://www.actiontec.com, including USB USB
in full Universal Serial Bus
Type of serial bus that allows peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, digitizers, data gloves, etc.) to be easily connected to a computer. and RJ-11 telephone cables for connecting the device to the PC and telephone. Minimum system requirements To be used efficiently, all computer software needs certain hardware components or other software resources to be present on a computer system. These pre-requisites are known as (computer) system requirements and are often used as a guideline as opposed to an absolute rule. include a Windows 2000/XP PC with a 400 MH processor, 128 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive A device that holds and reads CD-ROM discs. CD-ROM drives generally also play audio CD discs by sending analog sound to the sound card via a 4-pin cable. For specifications of 10x, 20x, etc. drives, see CD-ROM drives. See CD-ROM, CD-ROM changer, CD-ROM server and CD-ROM audio cable. and an available USB port, plus a LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. or modem-based Internet connection. Skype's Internet calling service is available as a free download at http://www.skype.com.
About Actiontec Electronics, Inc.
Actiontec Electronics is a supplier of products and services enabling consumers to leverage broadband Internet See broadband. connectivity to simplify and enrich their lives. Covering the full spectrum of the "digital life," Actiontec develops devices and services including broadband modems, home gateways, wireless networking devices, routers, VoIP adapters, and digital entertainment devices. Actiontec products are sold through both retail channels and broadband service providers. Founded in 1993, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Austin, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Reading, United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan.
For more information, call 408/752-7700 or visit http://www.actiontec.com.