Summary: Have completed an extensive test of all available Skype phone options. Purchased and used this Belkin desk phone, the Ipevo Solo desk phone and the Zoom phone adapter with a desk phone. Intent was to use it for a small business. First off, there are really no great standalone phone options. I would say Ipevo comes closest but for $160 I would expect something that has the "feel" of a good desk phone.
Summary: A great majority of the so-called Skype phones on the market are connected via USB to a PC running Skype, and they are nothing but glorified external sound cards. However, this Belkin product is an excellent standalone Skype phone: it can directly be connected to a broadband modem or router via Ethernet, and does not need a PC. It has a small embedded computer running its own copy of Skype.
Pros: -Standalone operation without the need for a PC -Ease of use -Significant cost savings for overseas calls: you cant beat free.
Summary: I did a lot of research and tried one other desktop internet phone (from Belkin). I didn't want to spend that much money on one of these, but I did want to be able to 1) Call in/out without being hooked up to my computer, 2) Have good voice quality, 3) Have speaker phone capability, and 4) Have a visually pleasing desktop phone. LIKES I like that it's compact and to the point--very minimalist and that's what I like.
Summary: I am really glad I bought this, it is a great way to stay connected with people who are not computer literate and can't troubleshoot why Skype doesn't work on their computer. It was easy to set up and sound quality is great both on speakerphone and handset, nice legible color screen. There are two things I see as a downside 1.
Summary: I love the phone. It has replaced my home phone. This phone has one fatal flaw: When the display screen powers down it emits a very annoying high pitch sound. There is no way to keep the screen on all the time, so I generally keep it in another room as this sound drives me bonkers. It is similar to the noise very old tube televisions make. Anyone else experience this?
Summary: If this phone supports DTMF, it could have been an excellent phone, earning 4 - 5 stars. This is the phone's fatal flaw. Without DTMF support, it is only good for calling other Skype users or residential phones. If you call any phone that requires you to enter anything on the phone's keypad (for example, "Please press 1 to check account balance, 2 for transfer money, ..."), it would not work.