There are several ways to communicate with friends and colleagues when you're travelling. Shouting very loudly is one option, but it's pretty useless unless the person you're trying to contact is within spitting distance. So what do you do? No, you don't pack two tin cans and a really long bit of string. You use the phone. The problem is, contrary to the popular saying, talk is not cheap. But it is if you use the ingenious Skype-friendly VTraveller. That's because this chic little phone allows you to make quality VoIP calls wherever you may roam.
For anyone who's spent the past couple of years with their head in a barrel of tar, Skype is a simple bit of software that utilises VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology. This lets you use your computer to make free calls to other Skype users and obscenely low cost calls to regular landlines and mobiles all over the world. How? Well, in a nutshell it digitally converts your voice through your internet connection (broadband is best) and on to its final destination. Clever, eh?
But what's so good about the VTraveller, we hear you ask. Well, this stylish mobile-lookalike is a fully functional USB-powered phone that works in exactly the same way as our other VoIP handsets. The difference is it's a compact one-piece unit that you can take anywhere. Just pop in the Skype CD, plug the VTraveller into your computer's USB socket, and Bob's your uncle. It's easier than, er, picking up the phone!
Despite its supreme portability the VTraveller is crammed with features including an LED message/connection indicator, one click voicemail, voice recognition technology and wideband circuitry for crystal clear sound. Best of all you can navigate all of Skype's services via the VTraveller's keypad, so there's no need to faff around with fiddly laptop mouse thingies.
Apart from a James Bond briefcase full of flat-packed supermodels, we can think of no better travelling companion than the VTraveller, as it allows you to natter away for nothing wherever you may roam. But even if you're not going anywhere the VTraveller is a brilliant investment, because it's so gorgeously compact you can shove it in a drawer when you're not using it - which won't be very often, because once you start Skype-ing on the VTraveller you'll be hooked.
Please note: Unfortunately our free 30 minute promotion with Skype has come to an end, therefore the voucher supplied in the box is not redeemable.
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Superior sound quality: Natural-sounding call
MP3 quality sound: Wideband circuitry for improved, clearer sound
Connection Status: LED indicates when in a call
Message Waiting Indicator: LED indicates when messages have been received
One click Voicemail: Simply press the LED to collect the Voicemail message
Keypad dialling: Use and navigate Skype's services direct from the handset
Personalise ringing tones: Download WAV / MP3 files for individual ring tones
PC sound card not required: Provides an extra sound channel
Desktop icon displays VTraveller and Skype status
A voice prompts, "Who would you like to Skype?" and voice recognition call when you say the name of your Skype contact.
Dial / redial SkypeOut numbers direct from the keypad
Adjust call volume and mute calls from the handset
Use the volume keys to scroll through Skype contact lists when not
LED illuminates when Skype Voicemail message is waiting – press
Phone rings when calls are received – personalise ring tones with
LED flashes when incoming calls are received
Place Skype calls on hold when something important comes up
1 x VTraveller handset
1 x Portable carry case
1 x CD ROM with Skype software
1 x Quickstart User Guide
400MHz Processor (CPU)
150MB free hard disk space
Available USB port or a hub with external power supply (USB 1.1 or 2.0)
PC with Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP
CD-ROM drive installed
Drivers supplied for Windows 98 SE, Windows 98 ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
Handset: Approximately 5cm (W) x 12.5cm (T) x 2.3cm (D)
USB Cable: Approximately 1.8m (L)
Case: Approximately 14cm (W) x 3cm (T) x 8.5cm (D)
2 Years limited manufacturers hardware warranty
If this was a perfect world, there'd be no yodelling, we wouldn't be ashamed of our love handles and everyone would be using Skype to talk for free.
Unfortunately the world is far from perfect, and not everyone has Skype yet. That's why we have SkypeOut, a low cost way to make calls from Skype to friends who still use those traditional landlines or mobile phones. That means calling anyone, anywhere in the world at local rates.
Sometimes talking on Skype isn't possible when the person you're trying to call is offline or busy. That's why we have Skype Voicemail.
Skype Voicemail allows you to send voicemail messages to anyone on skype. It is like sending a chat but with the sound on. You can record messages and send them to your friends without disturbing them. You can pick up messages when you're away or busy on another call and you can keep the messages for as long as you like. In fact, you don't have to be online at all for someone to leave a message. People will be able to contact you when you're sleeping, walking the dog, mowing the lawn, knitting, playing with the cat, ignoring people, practicing your tap dancing… and we could go on here. When you can't or don't have the time to talk or pick up the phone, Skype Voicemail does it for you.