Summary: I bought this phone from Amazon in January. I had high hopes to use this product even the reviews were mixed. I tried this phone all over the world on different network configurations and different types of calls. The biggest problem with this device is the inconsistency with the call quality. Sometimes the phone will be perfect on a call and other times it will have echos, feedback, cuts, etc.
Summary: As most reviewers I had similar problems with this phone: -poor sound quality, very annoying echo -short battery life -phone disconnecting from network or freezing -phone looks amazing on pictures-in real life is rather cheaplishly made ...anyway I returned back to the store.
Summary: Against my better judgment I ordered this first generation product, and unfortunately even my low expectations were not exceeded. With an otherwise nice handset and serviceable interface, the phone's software is unreliable at best. Battery life is extremely short, which is ok, at least for me, because I keep the phone close to my computer for charging anyway. There does seem to be a problem with the phone locking up and it appears to happen when the batter gets low.
Summary: I was very disappointed to read all of these nice reviews on this product. Out of the other candy-bar style Skype phones, this looked to be the winner. I am attempting to connect to an Airport Extreme Base Station with WEP security (tried both 40bit and 128bit). The phone simply won't connect. I bought this for my parents so that they would have a simple, no-nonsense skype setup. Something that would be less complicated then using their computer to make phone calls.
phone charging relies on damage prone usb connector
C. Luckinbill "radioengineer", Amazon
2 January 2008
Summary: This phone comes with no charging cradel. To charge the phone you must plug a USB cable into the phone. The charging connector on the phone is not easy to plug into and is not meant to have a USB cable inserted into it multiple 100's of times. I've seen the same charging connector on GPS units ruined from too many insertions or ruff treatment while charging. There is a one year warranty and the USB charging connector is sure to suffer damage.
Summary: Although a great concept, it is not yet well executed. The menus and set up are quite a chore even for a techie, because entry of all the technical details is through the slow telephone keypad (imagine SSIDs and passwords and other details all through a telephone keypad). This means that if your time is worth more than five bucks an hour, its not worth the savings you get to enter all of the information, UNLESS you are just using this on one or a few networks all the...
Summary: Bought this just before a trip to France, in hopes of saving on the hotel phone charges. I couldn't sign on in the airports in Chicago, Philadelphia or in France. It also didn't connect to several wifi networks throughout Paris, despite finding them. Didn't get it to work once during the week-long visit. It's going back.
Fatal Flaws - a great idea, if it worked as expected
Chris Mcnally, Amazon
6 February 2007
Summary: A Skype wifi phone, that works without the need of your computer, not tethered to anything is a technology dream. I thought this would be an excellent phone. I've had this phone for 2 months now and it has only disappointed. Everyone I call tells me there is an echo. Everything they say is echoed back to them. They've told me this is completely annoying and unacceptable quality.
Summary: Let me just list the problems: 1) battery life is a joke, 2) the only speaker for the ringer is the ear speaker, so unless you are standing right next to the phone, you can't hear it when it rings, 3) battery cover is stuck, won't come off, 4) when I use my computer, people on the other end don't complain about an echo, when I used this phone, they complained so much they didn't want to talk anymore 5)lacks features that even the cheapest cell phone offers In summary, I...
I really wanted this phone to work... It just doesn't
M. Deibert, Amazon
24 January 2007
Summary: I waited and waited for this phone to come out. I wanted to use at home so the hotspot features mean nothing to me. The phone looks great. It setup really fast and started working in minutes. The screen and menus look great. However... The echo is HORRIBLE! It's not a software or Skype issue, it's a design flaw in the phone. The earpiece volume is so low you have to crank it up to full to be able to hear the caller.