RTX ships 'first' cordless Skype phone
Danish handset maker RTX Telecom today launched what it claims is the first cordless Skype phone that doesn't require a PC. That's what the blogs are saying, at any rate. What RTX is really claiming is to have shipped the first RTX PC-less Skype handset, which is a bit like Honda making a big deal about how it's the first company in the world to ship a Civic with four wheels.
RTX's Dual Phone 3088 isn't the first PC-less Skype phone by a long chalk. Philips announced one back in September, and both Logitech and Panasonic launched similar products earlier this year. And then there are all the Wi-Fi-enabled Skype phones from SMC, Netgear et al that likewise require no PC.
The 3088 uses a DECT connection to communicate with its base-station unit, which plugs into a broadband router. It also hooks into the phone network to allow it to operate as a standard. Outgoing calls can be made either way.
RTX claimed the 3088 offers ten hours' talk time and almost six days' standby-by operation.
Available from today, the Dual Phone 3088 will retail for around €159 ($205/£107). ®
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