Oh, thank goodness, there's a phone for the Internet! I'm not sure what it's supposed to actually do or if anyone answers ("Hello, Internet? Stop being so slow!"), but there's now an Internet Phone, and it's from Bedol.
Bad name aside, the "Internet phone" is actually a USB-connected handset that works with VoIP programs like Skype or Google Talk. It's the same thing as a USB-connected handset - it gives you a microphone and a speaker, but instead of wearing it on your head, you get a sleek and slim handset that you'd put on the side of your head like you were talking on a normal phone.
When it's in the base station, the phone can act as a speaker for your computer, it works with music apps to play music (say, from iTunes or other streaming sites), or you can use it as a speakerphone as well.
The unit we tested is different from the ones that Bedol is currently selling on the site, which either means I'm trapped in an alternate dimension, or they've upgraded the unit since they sent us one to try out. The unit we had included buttons on the front that would adjust for volume, a play/pause button and a mute button. The one on the site has a digital display that offers time/temperature. I'm not sure which version is better.
Also, the instructions are pretty vague, but they win points for hilarity. Here's an example: "Install the Internet Phone program to your computer and create your username and Personal Profile. You can download the program from the Internet. To use the Internet telephone for calling, your computer should be on line. After dialing your phone call or receiving your phone call on your computer, you can use this Internet Phone Handset to speak and listen through the Internet."
For the price of the phone (listed at $50), there are much better options out there for voice headsets and microphone, but maybe that's only available in this dimension.
Cool Yule rating: 1 star
Price: $50 (Bedol site)
Reviewed by Keith Shaw
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