VoIP Phones

Philips VoIP 8411B

VoIP phones don’t come any slicker or more versatile than the Philips VoIP8411. The glossy black base station plugs right into your router’s Ethernet port for Skype calls as well as into your land line for traditional phone calls. The matching handset itself is also stylish, and it includes a 65,000 color display that displays your Skype contacts and has an enhanced speaker phone.

Because the VoIP 8411B uses DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) 6.0 technology, it won’t interfere with your Wi-Fi network. Our test SkypeOut calls sounded clear (if a little brittle), and we also liked that you can take your pick from several polyphonic ring tones. If you’re on a Skype call when a land line call comes in, you can put the Skype call on hold and then pick up where you left off when you hang up. Add in 12 hours of talk time and you have a superb dual-mode VoIP phone.

$169; philips.com

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