Discontinued Item

Skype Certified IP Phone
Solwise V500-DS IP Telephone - DECT, PSTN, Skype
No PC required for Skype calls

The V500DS is a stand-alone Skype DECT phone that allows users to access both the PSTN and Skype network. The PC-Less Skype DECT is implemented with embedded Skype software, which incorporates Skype features such as Voicemail, call forwarding and Skype-In/Skype-Out services

There is no need to have the Skype application running on a PC (No PC is required to make Skype calls). Once the base station is connected to the Internet, the handset will become an embedded Skype device, and the user can make Skype-to-Skype calls, or Skype In/Out calls with fixed-line numbers (Skype chargeable service).

The Skype user contact list is shown on a 1.5” colour handset screen. The users can easily see their contacts’ status and profiles, as well as their Skype credit balances for SkypeOut. New users can be added on the handset.

There are separate call lists for both the PSTN and Skype Calls, and the users can easily identity the call lists as either from PSTN or Skype. So long as there is a broadband connection to the V500-DS phone you can make Skype to Skype/landline calls without the need to have phone connected direct to your landline (this means you would not be able to make landline to landline calls). The phone has speakerphone, keypad backlight and polyphonic ring tones as standard features. There is also a headset option.

Firmware is now available which fixes the loss of speech that sometimes happens with Skype DECT phones.

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Handset features

* Standard : DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications)
* Frequency range: 1.8 GHz/2.4 GHz
* Speech coding: 32 kbps ADPCM
* 1.5” CSTN display with 128 x 128 resolution
* Full graphical Skype user-interface
* Range: up to 300m in open field
* Supports both Skype and PSTN calls on same handset
* Handsfree Speakerphone
* LCD backlight
* CID type I/II
* 10 each for missed / received / dialled call
* Last number redial
* Programmable ringer signal on handset
* Intercom between two handsets, even while a third handset is maintaining a PSTN call
* Two intercoms at same time
* Pulse/tone dialling
* Level battery indicator (Handset only)
* Signal strength indicator * Earpiece volume adjust
* Automatic Answer
* Out of range alert
* Battery low alert
* Charge alert (when putting handset on charge)
* Flash recall
* Mute key
* On/Off key
* Handset power supply: 2 rechargeable batteries AAA, Ni-MH 750 mAh
* Up to 120 hr standby
* 8 hrs talk time
* Headset connection

Embedded Skype * Search/Add contacts
* Skype Call logs
* Contact dialing
* Skype Contact Status
* Change user status
* Skype GUI display
* View Contact profile
* Skype to Skype calls
* Skype Out/Skype In calls
* Incoming call display
* Call deny
* Skype credit information display
* Skype call waiting
* Skype call timer
* User configurable call history (Missed, received and Incoming)
* Called, calling, connected party identification/information
* Call forwarding from Skype to PSTN
Base Feature * Adjustable ringer volume on base
* Handset locator
* 1 reset key
* 1 WAN port
* 1 PSTN port
*NOTE : Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
Press Mentions & Reviews

Computer Shopper

4 Stars, Excellent Value, High Call Quality.

Click for pdf copy March 08 Issue
.NET magazine gadget round up Click for pdf copy January 08
Computer Active
Computer Active review on VNUnet
Click for the review 08.01.08
Phonesreview.co.uk Click for the review 06.12.07
TechDigest Click for the review 05.12.07
Pocket-Lint Click for the review 04.12.07
Trusted Review
"If you want a single handset solution that supports both landline and Skype services then your choices are limited. Solwise's V500-DS is well worth consideration and compared with Netgear's SPH200D it's more affordable and its sleeker design looks better in a home environment..."
Click for the review 03.12.07
MacWorld Click for pdf copy Expo November Issue 2007
The Register
Awarded 90% by The Register
Click for the review 12.09.07

HVM Magazine

Awarded 'Best Value'

Page 1
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August 2007
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Firmware Ver 1.6.14

Fixes loss of speech that sometimes happens with Skype.

Download here 20.11.08