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November 30th, 2004

There’s Cellular in My Landline!

Finally, finally there appears to be a phone manufacturer that gets it.

As you may know, I’ve waxed about bad phone design before. I think that phones in general, including cellular, are rather clumsy to use largely due to their size. Landline phones are starting to get more and more like cellular phones which is both good and bad. Bad because, well, these things aren’t super comfortable for long conversations.

But good because of stuff like this. Uniden has essentially taken features from a cell phone and slapped ’em into a landline. Bluetooth, wallpaper, ringtones, walkie-talkie mode… it’s pretty much all there. And the design isn’t the most horrific in the world – a plus.

It’s nice to see companies acknowledge that some people still use landlines, although it’s generally on the decline.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 30, 2004 -- 9:27:47 am
I sell VoIP phone systems. The office phone in my home office has a 4 port Ethernet switch built in, and the phone itself is a small linux server. When plugged into a network, the phone spins up a vpn connection back to the VoIP server in the office, giving me phone connectivity via the the office phone lines. The phone also has a built in firewall and web server. It's very cool. I've got a bluetooth headset for it too, although I haven't bothered to set it up yet.

FROM: Qwik
DATE: Tuesday November 30, 2004 -- 10:32:21 am
When is this phone going to be available (it says coming son). how much is it going to cost? will it do multiple lines?
stuff we want to know... is there any phone like this availablw now? inquiring minds want to know :)

FROM: boston
DATE: Tuesday November 30, 2004 -- 8:07:33 pm
arent landlines almost obsolete? sure cool phone but you cant leave the house with it

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 1, 2004 -- 9:37:23 am
Landlines obsolete? Hardly. We have a cell, but only use it very occasionally. Sound quality on cells, even on the best phones with the best receptions, is still marginal at best and awful at worst.

If someone wants to reach me, it ain't gonna be by cell unless I'm traveling. I suspect I'm not the only one like this.

Ten years down the road when cellular technology is a little further from sucking, perhaps we'll have this discussion again.

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