Swatting is the latest computer-related ploy being played out across the United States. Utilizing VOIP and other computer based telephone services, people are calling 9-1-1, posing as a local person – then the trouble begins. Saying that people with AK-47s are approaching the home, the husband has abused them significantly, there are a number of ploys – each of them costing taxpayers thousands and leaving other people in harms way.
The Linksys Dual-mode Internet Telephony Kit Cordless handset provides convenience for Skype users. Connect the USB Base Station to your PC, and your Skype contact list appears on the Get cordless handset. Now you won’t have to sit in front of your computer when you want to talk to your friends. Join TigerTV host Jacia [...]
The Kensington Vo300 USB Internet SpeakerPhone ensures it’s really easy to make and take calls over your PC. An echo-canceling microphone ensures clear voice quality, while one button access to Skype voicemail makes checking messages a breeze! The integrated dial pad replaces your computer number pad for easier dialing. All of the buttons are so [...]
D-Link introduces the Wi-Fi Phone (DPH-540), providing the freedom of wireless connectivity and the benefits of Voice over IP (VoIP) all in one sleek portable flip-style phone. By utilizing the Wi-Fi Phone with a VoIP service plan, both home and business users have the potential to dramatically reduce local and long distance telephone charges compared [...]
On Tuesday, the two entrepereneurs that founded the free online phone service company Skype announced that they would be doing it again: This time with television. The third start up company for Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom is called Joost.Â Joost is billing itself as the first free global TV distribution platform.Â Theoretically intended to [...]
NETGEARâ€™s Skype WiFi Phone is the worldâ€™s first wireless Internet phone that can make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world, anytime you have WiFi access, without a PC. All of your contacts (up to 200) are shown right on the phoneâ€™s color display so you will know exactly who is online. You will also be more available for your friends to call, because you no longer have to be on your PC to be connected. You can even make calls to ordinary phones using SkypeOut for just pennies a minute and NO MONTHLY FEES. With the Skype WiFi Phone, NETGEAR makes true mobile wireless Internet telephony a reality. Now for the first time, a phone that lets you use any WiFi network to which you have access, to talk with anyone else whoâ€™s also on Skype, anywhere in the world, for absolutely free*.
“I took it out of the box, turned it on, plugged in my Skype user name and password, and was calling colleagues within five minutes.” “Simple.” “Sound quality is excellent, and with my SkypeOut account it was a snap to call those not using the Skype network.”
“I would highly recommend this to anyone that uses Skype for calling, or for those who have historically shied away from using Skype as a telephone medium.” “This Netgear WiFi phone takes all the pain out of Skype calling.” “It’s super easy to use.”
InfoWorld Reviews Netgear’s WiFi Skype Phone -September 29, 2006
This is the TigerDirect News Update for Tuesday, December 12, 2006.
Today’s podcast includes:
- Samsung’s Dealt a Blackjack – and it’s not a good hand
- Wireless connections for your TV are around the corner
- Nintendo’s Wii Faces Lawsuit from Remote Manufacturer
- and Microsoft rolls out a new VOIP Server
The Advantages of Internet Telephoning (and a Few Disadvantages)
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has quickly advanced from being a novelty to a full-fledged force in the communications marketplace. Weary from paying huge phone bills, households and businesses now enjoy the dramatic savings of Internet telephone. Itâ€™s not unusual to see residential phone bills cut by $20 to $50 or more per month by switching from traditional phone lines to VoIP, which transmits your voice calls via the Internet, the same way your email is sent. While a normal telephone service transforms your voice into electronic signals, which your phone converts to sound, while VoIP technology digitizes your voice as just another bit of data. Now the major phone companies, as well as cable operators provide VoIP services, offering inexpensive local and long distance plans. Most of these providers also include an array of features similar to those offered by traditional carriers, such as caller ID, call waiting and voice mail as well as additional features such as the ability to use your home or business phone number no matter where you travel.