CES: No PC middleman is required with GE's DECT 6.0 Skype phone

CES: No PC middleman is required with GE's DECT 6.0 Skype phone

Summary: Among the bumper crop of VoIP phones here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is GE's $170 DECT 6.0 phone.

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Among the bumper crop of VoIP phones here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is GE's $170 DECT 6.0 phone.  DECT, otherwise known as Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telephony, is the same wireless technology that the Skype phone I looked at yesterday (3J's SkyPartner) uses to enable wireless communication between the cordless handset and its wireless reciever. The DECT spec works over a 1.9 Ghz radio frequency that is't susceptible to interference from other wireless technologies like WiFi or your microwave oven.

Like the SkyPartner, GE's DECT 6.0 phone can be used with both a landline and a Skype account which is especially good for making 911 emergency calls since Skype doesn't support E911. But what makes the GE phone different from 3J's offering is that instead of putting the reciever on a USB dongle that plugs into a computer running Skype, the GE DECT 6.0 phone comes with a receiver that doesn't require a computer to be the middleman. You just plug it into your local area network and it takes care of routing the call from the wireless handset (over the DECT-based wireless link) and to your Skype account. Here's my take on the product in a video that was shot here at CES in Las Vegas:

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  • THANK YOU!

    Now when it comes to use strictly in the house, this looks to be more reliable, more featured, and less expensive than Netgear's wireless option. I have a new #1 in the running.

    A quick Google search shows it's now available on Amazon, but I don't know where I can just drive to get it. There's no info on GE's site about current or potential retailers. WalMart, Best Buy, Staples, Circuit City, Radio Shack, and Office Max have all turned up nothing. There's other skype products, but they all require a USB port on a Windoze machine, WiFi (and not expandable), or their own pay service. There is a comparable SIP based product, but I want skype.

    Do you or anyone else know of a real world retailer (one with a store I can drive to and pay cash) where I could purchase this GE model 28300EE2 eth/skype phone package?

    Thank you.
    > D-cat
    D-cat
  • Walmart Has Them

    In fact, I saw them at Walmart, googled the phone, and THEN found this blog. Go to Walmart.com and search for "skype."
    valterra