The second product builds on Netgear’s existing
Skype Wi-Fi Phone. The
Dual-Mode Cordless Phone with Skype
not only allows you to use the aforementioned VoIP service over wireless (once the unit’s base station is connected to your router), but it also plugs into your existing landline to work as a cordless phone, allowing you to choose which service to use for your calls. The Dual-Mode uses Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) technology, which supposedly gives access to “advanced digital features” along with bringing more pedestrian improvements like clearer calls and longer range. To demonstrate, Netgear VP of Product Marketing Vivek Pathela called Netgear CEO Patrick Lo from the podium. The base station supports up to four handsets, though Netgear engineers were unable to explain whether multiple handsets on the same unit would be able to participate in the same call.