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.