US electronics manufacturer RTX America has unveiled DUALphone, a Skype-certified hybrid handset that allows consumers to switch between traditional landlines and Skype internet calling services using a single cordless phone.
The DUALphone charging station simultaneously connects to a traditional telephone socket and to a PC via USB. It supports Skype to Skype, Skype to landline, landline to Skype and landline to landline calls.
When placing a call, consumers dial as usual then press the PC button to dial using Skype or the telephone button to use the traditional phone line.
The DUALphone features Skype-specific functions such as a display that lists a user's Skype contacts as well as an audible notification beep when a contact comes online. The device is available from the Skype website for around $139.99.
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