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Kensington VO300 USB Skype Speaker Phone (Internet phone) - £7.99 delivered - Morgan Computers

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Smart looking USB Skype phone that will not look out of place on an office desk. - Easy to use speaker phone, ideal for hands free conversations or conference calls - Echo-cancelling microphone en… Read More
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8y, 2m agoFound 8 years, 2 months ago
Smart looking USB Skype phone that will not look out of place on an office desk.

- Easy to use speaker phone, ideal for hands free conversations or conference calls
- Echo-cancelling microphone ensures clear voice quality (good for a ~1.5m radius)
- Direct access to Skype contacts/call history via inbuilt Backlit LCD display
- easily scan contacts, connect calls, adjust volume, switch to handsfree mode
- Integrated dial pad replaces your computer number pad for easier dialing
- One button access to Skype Voice mail subscription
- 3.5mm microphone/headphone sockets
- can switch between in-built speaker/microphone and external headset at a the press of a button

Requirements:
Windows PC running Skype and a USB port
(the built-in speaker/microphone will work with any Windows application/3rd party VOIP client, but the the dial pad etc will only work with Skype)

Manufacturer's website:
http://us.kensington.com/html/11709.html

Morgan Computers product website:
http://www.morgancomputers.co.uk/shop/detail.asp?ProductID=5137&CategoryID=99&SubCategoryID=288
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#1
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JKXCQ8F6L._SS400_.jpghttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FM7XT5YYL._SS400_.jpghttp://www.skypejournal.com/blog/archives/images/kensingtonVo300monitorcloseup.jpg
#2
Looks interesting!
#3
"Windows PC running Skype and a USB port" This makes it a bit complicated. If I can run SKYPE in windows, why do I need to add an extra bit? It will be great if it can run SKYPE standalone.
#4
It is for people like me, who use Skype all the time and want easy access to it for themselves and colleagues.

I do agree with your statement so. If it worked independently from a computer it would be even better.
#5
ro888
...why do I need to add an extra bit?...


That.. does.. not.. matter..

It's a gadget that I don't have and I now absolutely need one, whatever it is :p

Price: $89.99

Quite some saving on the RRP :o
#6
SUMMONER
If it worked independently from a computer it would be even better.


Does anyone know good stand alone set for voip calls which doesnt require computer and directly connects to wireless internet at home?
#7
Looks good for the money :thumbsup:

Don't forget Quidco (only 2% but hey.....)
#8
GeordiePaul
Looks good for the money :thumbsup:


Sure does, and I still don't know what it is yet, but a gadget's a gadget :roll:



Thank you for your order.

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Product name: Kensington VO300 USB Speakerphone x 1


Invoice total: GBP 7.99(inc VAT and delivery)

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#9
You can buy an ATA (Analog Telephone Adaptor) and plug almost any DECT phone into it, this would give you a wireless phone that plugs straight into your router without needing a computer to be turned on to use.These are mostly open standard SIP-VoIP phones, Skype is a closed standard and based on peer-to-peer software which means it needs a computer and can use a lot more bandwidth to run as there's no real servers.

3 have a mobile that has Skype built in so you can, supposedly, make free Skype calls to other Skype users (if you can do this anywhere or just at home on your wireless network, I'm not sure).
These are 2-3 years old, but should still work with Skype:-
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=SPH101
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Belkin+Wi-Fi+phone
#10
Great find - nice price. Just what I was looking for. It's over 2 years old though, but the RRP then was over $70. Can't go wrong with £7.99! Review here
#11
amdavies;4274393
You can buy an ATA (Analog Telephone Adaptor) and plug almost any DECT phone into it, this would give you a wireless phone that plugs straight into your router without needing a computer to be turned on to use.These are mostly open standard SIP-VoIP phones, Skype is a closed standard and based on peer-to-peer software which means it needs a computer and can use a lot more bandwidth to run as there's no real servers.

3 have a mobile that has Skype built in so you can, supposedly, make free Skype calls to other Skype users (if you can do this anywhere or just at home on your wireless network, I'm not sure).
These are 2-3 years old, but should still work with Skype:-
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=SPH101
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Belkin+Wi-Fi+phone


As an alternative, a DECT phone with a Speedtouch 716g or 780WL router... I think I paid about 216 quid on eBay for my 716! Luck of the draw whether or not you can find one cheap enough of course.
#12
I was considering one of these a little while back, but ended up getting the 3 skypephone S2.

It's brilliant, I can call all work collegues any time day or night (upto 2000 mins month) & it dont come out
of your calltime. Which i use to call people that are not on skype.

There are a few businesses that use skype as well now.

Voted Hot anyway
#13
nihcaj
As an alternative, a DECT phone with a Speedtouch 716g or 780WL router... I think I paid about 216 quid on eBay for my 716! Luck of the draw whether or not you can find one cheap enough of course.


Absolutely correct! Going further of topic, I've got the Speedtouch 780 (that's what Be offered when I got mine) for free which includes 2 voip lines that connect straight to your phone (i have my cordless connected). I have an account with [url]www.voipraider.com[/url] and use that to call (UK landlines free) . You can also use [url]www.voiptalk.co.uk[/url] to get a free 056 voip number for non-voip users to call :D
Yes this is going further and further from Skype but thought I'd mention it since that's what got me to move off skype as my primary voip client
#14
Lovely bit of kit this. Am emigrating to Oz soon so no way I can dabble in 3.

Cheers OP - rep given.
#15
If you want a standalone Skype receiver, you can buy any mobile from 3 and you get 5000 free Skype minutes every time you top up. You can use it anywhere using their 3G signal, it is great and just like a normal call. I suggest the G502 (http://threestore.three.co.uk/payg/dealsummary.aspx?offercode=DSLPP418) which is £58.93 (minus £11 Quidco) free delivery.

Plus you get free msn on it (only chat though) and a mobile phone! Three offer great a internet service, I think that Skypephone is a bit gimmicky, unless you intend to use more than 5000 minutes per month lol!
#16
Ordered and voted hot.
#17
Extrovert
Does anyone know good stand alone set for voip calls which doesnt require computer and directly connects to wireless internet at home?


If you have a mobile phone with Skype, you can download an app called Fring which is a client for Skype as well as MSN etc. You can make calls from your mobile via any of these. You cant yet make video calls. I last tried it about a year ago and the quality was OK but the call volume was low. I guess it might have been fixed now.
#18
Extrovert
Does anyone know good stand alone set for voip calls which doesnt require computer and directly connects to wireless internet at home?


This would do it

http://www.voipon.co.uk/siemens-c46-handset-p-350.html
1 Like #19


Looks nice. Very well priced too.

Are you sure this one includes the base station or is it just an " additional handset"!?
#20
nice find great price heat added
#21
damn, I was hoping to use this as a conference call skype phone with 3-5 people round a table, but:

The range fits one person, maybe two, sitting in a 1.5 meter circle. An array microphone would have increased this range, but it would also have pushed the street price over $100.
#22
SUMMONER
Looks nice. Very well priced too.

Are you sure this one includes the base station or is it just an " additional handset"!?


damn looks like it is just the handset, I was just about to buy that too. Well spotted.

That is not very clear on the site at all though

Here is the full package
http://www.nicomm.co.uk/Phones/Cordless-DECT-Phones/sc1319/p797.aspx

I will post back here when I find something better as I am looking for a wireless sip/voip phone.
banned#23
http://yeeeeee.com/imagebank/usr9610angle.jpg

I bought this for 6 Pound from ebay, must say, it is wonderful as I dont use skype to make any telephone calls, only voip
#24
Bit pointless really, you can do all that with the PC. Gadget for gadget's sake!
#25
jamesdew
damn looks like it is just the handset, I was just about to buy that too. Well spotted.

That is not very clear on the site at all though

Here is the full package
http://www.nicomm.co.uk/Phones/Cordless-DECT-Phones/sc1319/p797.aspx

I will post back here when I find something better as I am looking for a wireless sip/voip phone.


It is the base unit, not the handset, check the link. A great deal voted hot
#26
>Jeewan..could you supply a liitle more detail please
#27
amdavies
You can buy an ATA (Analog Telephone Adaptor) and plug almost any DECT phone into it, this would give you a wireless phone that plugs straight into your router without needing a computer to be turned on to use.These are mostly open standard SIP-VoIP phones, Skype is a closed standard and based on peer-to-peer software which means it needs a computer and can use a lot more bandwidth to run as there's no real servers.

3 have a mobile that has Skype built in so you can, supposedly, make free Skype calls to other Skype users (if you can do this anywhere or just at home on your wireless network, I'm not sure).
These are 2-3 years old, but should still work with Skype:-
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=SPH101
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Belkin+Wi-Fi+phone


Skype can be used on a lot of mobile phones now. I'm using it on a Nokia E71 and it works a treat. An alternative is 'I Skoot' which is the engine that is used for Skype on the Three phones and will work on most modern mobile phones too.

Steve
#28
Try looking for Verballs, they are pretty cool for Skype. They can be picked up cheaply.
#29
Robbie0000;4284551
Try looking for Verballs, they are pretty cool for Skype. They can be picked up cheaply.


For a 7 year old they might be cool, but for the price they sell at, they don't come into anyone's description of cheap! :-(

To say it again, you don't need ANYTHING you probably haven't already got for Skype - just PC speakers or headphones & a microphone.

What's more than that, to talk computer to computer on a Windows PC you don't need anything, not EVEN Skype. Windows or MSN messenger comes included with Windows versions.

To call standard telephones from you PC, Skype is NOT the cheapest option by a long way.

All in all just not really a lot of use!
#30
An ATA (analog telephone adapter) is a better buy and far more flexible: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_pap2
You can get one on Ebay for about £20/30. Using this you can have 2 phone lines and make ultra cheap calls (about €2 a month inclusive) via broadband, and any ordinary phone (including cordless DECT) without needing a computer.
#31
Haggle
An ATA (analog telephone adapter) is a better buy and far more flexible: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_pap2
You can get one on Ebay for about £20/30. Using this you can have 2 phone lines and make ultra cheap calls (about €2 a month inclusive) via broadband, and any ordinary phone (including cordless DECT) without needing a computer.


I've been using one of these for around 3 years (with 99.9% reliability) paired to a Uniden cordless phone :thumbsup:

To be honest though, with all of the package offers I'd say the most sensible route these days (for the average user) is to get an inclusive deal with broadband, line rental and included international calls :)
#32
To be honest though, with all of the package offers I'd say the most sensible route these days (for the average user) is to get an inclusive deal with broadband, line rental and included international calls :)
I think it really depends on what you want your phone service to do.

My brother uses VoipRaider in the form of a Dect phone hooked up to his Speedtouch router (he is interested in saving money).

Personally I am less worried about price, as long as I do get a fair deal. For me it is convenience, portability, extra features. The fact that most of my customers use Skype too was also a big factor for me I would guess.
#33
gtd65;4290250
To be honest though, with all of the package offers I'd say the most sensible route these days (for the average user) is to get an inclusive deal with broadband, line rental and included international calls :)


I would say that's the LAST thing to do certainly for most people! I suspect that is exactly what the companies providing all in one deals want us to think!

It is the easy, or the lazy route, but this is potentially a way to end up with poor to ordinary service at moderate price

Not only are calls rates with many of the ISP Telecoms companies higher, but this route restricts choice of ISP and calls routing and you can end up with a dog's dinner of a service which is not good in ANY respect!
If you are not making any or many international calls, then making a big point of the international calls options is hardly going to be useful for you, if you end up paying for UK calls because of this!
When you want to come back to BT, it can end up involving a bill for the privilege. BT may be very poor as an ISP, and expensive for calls, but having the line through BT means you have more choice for other aspects.

Also the provision of TV services can come into the equation too.

Mobile calls... well, it depends on your usage too, it may be a package with contract offering a huge number of cheap minutes might be best; or in my case, my mobile use is low, so I pay pennies for low use on Asda PAYG. It also depends on how much you NEED an interacting system, such as Sykpe on mobile phone with 3, although of course you will pay more for that flexibility. It depends too on you mobile internet needs.

As I keep recommending to people, have a look at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ and look at the telephone options, advice and also the broadband & TV options, and see what suits your usage, and also your personality too - it's not much good getting VOIP if you end up not using it and route everything through the landline anyway, or you just pick up a mobile and use that! People do!

Whatever you choose, remember the cheapest options might not be the best options or the best value either for all services - so it may well mean having multiple providers for flexibility, so you do have to work at it, and make sure you are using the right service for the right call too!

I use BT for telephone service, but not for calls (other than a few per month so I don't get billed for extras like caller-id!) although that gives me free weekend calls too, not that I use a lot at weekends.
I use Bethere for my ISP as it is the ONLY option for me to get speeds faster than 1Mbs - with BT that was all I got, I get 10.6Mbs with Bethere, although I could get 8Mbs for less money. I don't have the Virgin cable option due to a quirk of cabling in my street, not that I would want the appalling restricted service!
I use VOIP through www.voipcheap.co.uk for daytime landline calls (free for 3 months after each top up & for the odd international call, and the same service for hours of free computer to computer calls, as I am used to the good sound quality rather than use MSN Messenger. For mobile,Asda gives me 4p texts and 8p/min mobile calls, though I can get mobile calls through VOIPcheap too for a fraction less if at home, I have a basic Sky package.

YES, I can pare some cost from the TV and broadand options by other options, but that would be at the cost of what I want, or the service, but taking an all-in-one option say with Sky or with Talktalk or whoever and I would lose out on some feature (most notably speed of internet, where ADSL2+ has been a Godsend!)

You need to look at your usage and your options before you can be sure it is right for you.
#34
SUMMONER;4290360
I think it really depends on what you want your phone service to do.

My brother uses VoipRaider in the form of a Dect phone hooked up to his Speedtouch router (he is interested in saving money).

Personally I am less worried about price, as long as I do get a fair deal. For me it is convenience, portability, extra features. The fact that most of my customers use Skype too was also a big factor for me I would guess.


I can't disagree, for me the low cost, and the optimum speed of ISP is the big issue, for you it isn't, you confirm my thoughts on the options open.
#35
nihcaj
I would say that's the LAST thing to do certainly for most people! I suspect that is exactly what the companies providing all in one deals want us to think!

It is the easy, or the lazy route, but this is potentially a way to end up with poor to ordinary service at moderate price

Not only are calls rates with many of the ISP Telecoms companies higher, but this route restricts choice of ISP and calls routing and you can end up with a dog's dinner of a service which is not good in ANY respect!


You are preaching to the converted I'd say :whistling:

Well lets take a company like Tiscali, for example, where you pay a flat rate of 19.99 a month (or thereabouts) for landline rental, broadband internet and all UK (landline) phonecalls and various International (Landline) phonecalls included. Call rates cannot therefore be higher with an inclusive package unless you are specifically referring to mobile or 0845/0870 numbers? :thinking:

So you suggest we should pay BT for the landline rental @ 10~12 a month?
Pay a 3rd Party ISP @ 10~15 quid a month?
Pay a 3rd Party Voip provider @ 3 quid a month

That's a minimum of 23 rising to possibly 30 per month surely vs 19.99?

Oh and you're forgetting the "average user" that I mentioned will probably not have any clue or motivation to purchase and program a PAP2 or ATA adapter and purchase an additional phone to hook up to it either.

3 or 4 years ago the "jerry rigged" phonecalls method was a "no-brainer", that's the method we still use in our home today, however, like most things in life, it moves on and you have to reconsider the available options out there.

If I was starting fresh now I wouldn't be buying a PAP2, hacking it and programming various settings into the unit (not to mention all of the time involved finding basic information on the net from scratch either!) - I'd just take the all inclusive package route :thumbsup:
#36
gtd65;4292138
You are preaching to the converted I'd say :whistling:
Well lets take a company like Tiscali, for example, where you pay a flat rate of 19.99 a month (or thereabouts) for landline rental, broadband internet and all UK (landline) phonecalls and various International (Landline) phonecalls included. Call rates cannot therefore be higher with an inclusive package unless you are specifically referring to mobile or 0845/0870 numbers? :thinking:
So you suggest we should pay BT for the landline rental @ 10~12 a month?
Pay a 3rd Party ISP @ 10~15 quid a month?
Pay a 3rd Party Voip provider @ 3 quid a month
That's a minimum of 23 rising to possibly 30 per month surely vs 19.99?
Oh and you're forgetting the "average user" that I mentioned will probably not have any clue or motivation to purchase and program a PAP2 or ATA adapter and purchase an additional phone to hook up to it either.
3 or 4 years ago the "jerry rigged" phonecalls method was a "no-brainer", that's the method we still use in our home today, however, like most things in life, it moves on and you have to reconsider the available options out there.
If I was starting fresh now I wouldn't be buying a PAP2, hacking it and programming various settings into the unit (not to mention all of the time involved finding basic information on the net from scratch either!) - I'd just take the all inclusive package route :thumbsup:


Sorry, I just don't understand quite large portions of your post at all eg, the first line, which doesn't seem to make sense with what follows, as if I was preaching to the converted, you would not be arguing against it!!!... and.... I don't get this paragraph at all:

"3 or 4 years ago the "jerry rigged" phonecalls method was a "no-brainer", that's the method we still use in our home today, however, like most things in life, it moves on and you have to reconsider the available options out there."

That aside, you would be about right with the figures, but haven't taken a bit of notice what I actually posted. .. The VOIP costs I pay are probably less than half you quote though, and of course I can use that while away from home with my PDA or laptop on a wireless hotspot, which you can't do with a landline phone. I do pay about 23 quid, but could actually get it down to about 20, ie. much the same as an all in package, but unfortunately either way (my way OR your way) as I mentioned in my post would result in a DRAMATICALLY slower internet connection (8Mb my way or 1Mb your way!), tie me to a longer contract and I would pay more for some calls... eg 0845&0870 and calls to mobiles too. Cost of technical service calls to ISPs is another issue of note, many are premium rate. In my case, Sky would be cheaper still, as I already have a Sky account, but again, the loss in internet performance is something that pushes it right out of the equation for me - odds on most people have some or other situation the same one or a different one, that makes all in one packages inflexible and not the obvious choice they appear to be.

You forget one major advantage of using VOIP for calling out rather than landline - it means the landline phone is almost always free to receive incoming calls at all times - handy always, vital if there is a lot of telephone activity, and a lot less hassle for incoming callers than "caller waiting" messages!

I don't use an ATA, let alone need to hack anything! The modem I am supplied with has one included, and setting it up is LESS complicated than setting up with this web site, which it is fair to assume we have ALL done. I can actually use TWO separate services at once too, if I so desired.

Apart from slower internet speeds, (& not even mentioning capping and other limits on bandwidth) the all-in packages consist of some of the worst customer service options available from any companies in the entire country! Have a look back in the archives at the sister web site to this one...http://www.bitterwallet.com/ and you will see Tiscali was one of the nominees for their poor service awards! (and other telecoms companies!)

Being tied in to a period of contract with ANY company is something that I don't want, least of all on telephone or ISP service where getting an alternative quickly is nigh on impossible. The arrangement I have means the only tie-in I have is for 3 months for the ISP. If a service alters over the course of a contract, a year or 18 months is a long time to be stuck with it, and they DO alter!

So for me, an all in one might actually be borderline less expensive, I have never denied that it might not be, but it would result in much poorer service, both in terms of actual performance and in terms of customer service. I am after value - best practicable performance at low cost with maximum flexibility and best available customer service - none of the All-in options fit those requirements very well at all!
If that is what you want, any service purely based on lowest cost, then fine, but you are doing exactly what I am doing but with different criteria: ie. Basing your need for simplicity and for it to be easiest to arrange above the benefits and slight extra cost of a better more flexible service. Most people will have differing needs and wants - As they say, you pay your money....

That said, this is getting somewhat off topic, and I feel I am repeating the same or similar points now so will leave it at that.
#37
I'm not sure where you get most of your information then.

Tiscali offer an 8MB connection (uncapped) for the 19.99 with all of the features mentioned.

Tiscali do have a very negative image amongst the people who write reviews thats true, my own experience and all of the other people that I actually know that use Tiscali have nothing bad to say about them whatsoever.

In the almost 4 years of Tiscali service we've had, I believe the service has dropped twice and for no longer than half a day in the worse instance.

I have no idea how taking an incoming call can be more work than answering a separate phonecall :thinking:

In fact the way I see it - you could take the Tiscali package and any voip package you like and still be saving money over your option...no?

Preaching to the converted means you're trying to tell somebody something that's already following your suggested path, what I'm trying to do (unsuccessfully) is to enlighten you that the path you're on may not be as bright as it used to be.

Right now I'm going through building a new house but once it's competed (in the summer) I'll be ditching the options you suggest (which we currently use) and going for an all in one package - with the option of using Voipcheap/Stunt etc via the PAP2 for destinations not covered :thumbsup:

Having 12 month contracts is of no concern to me - the way the UK broadband market works is so inflexible anyway, that you might as well stick with one ISP. That's different in other countries where you can chop and change virtually the same day but as far as I'm aware it's not like that in the UK yet.
#38
I agree there are great broadband deals with inclusive calls right now, for example this promotion from TalkTalk: http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/broadband/home-broadband/talktalk This works out at €14.33/month over the 18 month contract. So just £3.83/month, excluding line rental, for 8mb broadband and inclusive off-peak UK and anytime international calls. I spotted this deal on the Money Saving Expert web site, as previously said, it's a great place to hear about the latest broadband and phone deals. If you can get a deal like this then a Voip ATA is hardly necessary, unless you're calling numbers not included in the inclusive package. Although the extra phone line a Voip ATA gives you can be handy, someone else can be on a call and I can still make a call out on the Voip line. It's brilliant if you run a home office, or small business from home.
#39
Received it today, BUT the Kensington icon is "greyed-out". No matter what I do I can't get it to go Blue/Red.

I'm using Vista, any ideas?
#40
Extrovert
Does anyone know good stand alone set for voip calls which doesnt require computer and directly connects to wireless internet at home?

is this what your looking for would think you could use with dect phone to make it wireless think USB to pc is just to power it so should power of hub or USB charger? if no pc conected.edit just read reviews needs pc connected to USB still good device though
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/106506
this cost more but no pc needed http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142497

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