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Topic # 30586 13-Feb-2009 21:57
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I've been using Skype a bit lately to talk with some friends/family in distant places but I've had enough with using a mic and speakers so was thinking about getting an adaptor to connect a regular cordless phone I have to my PC for Skype use.

Did a bit of googling and seems like an RJ11->USB adaptor should work;
Anyone got any comments on using one of them? Is it the best solution?
Does someone have a link to where in NZ I could order/pick one up?

A no PC solution would be better, but the dedicated Skype phones I've found are too expensive $200+
Does any other kind of adaptor that could connect to my router that I could connect the phone to and call via Skype exist?


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  Reply # 195776 13-Feb-2009 23:12
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I agree that dedicated Skype phones are too expensive.  I also agree that a Mic. and Speakers are far from ideal due to the echo problems they cause.

So I have found two ways to get around this:

-  Use a USB handset plugged in to my PC.  Voice quality is good, but I am tied to my PC.  If using a laptop with Wireless connection, I can roam freely around the house, but it is a little cumbersome.

-  Use Wireless Headphones with built-in mic. connected to the Line Out and Mic. jacks of my sound card.  Voice quality is excellent, and I am not tied to my PC at all, so I can wander around the house while making a call.

I do remember seeing a Skype to Phone adaptor somewhere, but it was around the same price as a dedicated Skype phone.  The cheapest option is the USB handset above which costs less than $50 from DSE and other places.  Wireless headphones cost quite a bit more, but I can use them for music as well, so it adds extra value for me.

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