Friday, October 05, 2007

With IPEVO SOLO.1, Make Skype Calls to Anywhere Without a Computer.

After writing about RTX DualPhone 3081, a phone to make VoIP calls(including Skype) without a computer, I learned that that there is another phone that could make skype calls to anywhere without a computer. It is a phone by IPEVO.
IPEVO has made a few other VoIP phones. Free.1, Free.2, Trio and Xing and all these were USB phones and were to be used with a computer attached! Now the company has released SOLO, which is pictured above and as the name suggests, operates stand alone as long as there is a Internet connection. According to the company, Setting up is as easy as plugging in the network cable, log in to your Skype account, and just pick up to make a call!.
Yes it is a desktop phone. But given the track record of the company, I think we will see a SOLO.2 or SOLO WiFi, a wireless SOLO soon! I have a feeling there is Linux somewhere and I really would like to get my hand on one soon. In any case it is a
The Phone features are very impressive and again according to IPEVO;

  • No computer required
  • Simple plug-and-connect to set up
  • 2.4" TFT color LCD display with adjustable viewing angle
  • Excellent voice quality: no noise, no echo
  • One click speaker phone function for hands-free talks
  • Memory keys for speed dials
  • LED for indications of power on/off, missed call, message, mute and speaker phone mode
  • Support Skype-to-Skype, SkypeOut, SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail
  • Network interface: fast Ethernet 100Mbps, auto crossover detection, auto rate detection, integrated 2-port fast Ethernet switch (2xRJ-45)
  • Voice codecs: G.729AB, Voice sampling rate: 8KHz, Communication: Full Duplex
And it is skype certified, a desktop phone according to the certification logo.
The Phone is on sale at ebay for about $200 and IPEVO store says coming soon.


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