IPevo Free.1 USB Skype Phone

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IPevo Free.1 USB Skype Phone
Setup, Usage and Conclusion

Product: IPevo Free.1 Skype USB Phone
Price: $34.99USD MSRP

Introduction:

Some people might not have heard of the IPevo company name, but as of recently, this company has been designing telephone equipment for VoIP communication.  The interesting part is that this company is making their devices specifically for one of the most popular VoIP programs, Skype.

Skype Certified 
Skype Certified

IPevo was one of the first companies to become certified by Skype, due to the features that their products can add to Skype’s functionality. The Free.1 is one of those devices, and I had the chance to test this phones capabilities.  The Free.1 is a simplistic phone that plugs into any USB 1.1 or 2.0 ports and works either as a fully functional phone for Skype, or can be used as a handheld speaker/mic combo when used with other VoIP programs such as Paltalk or iCall.

Package Contents:

 Product Box
Product Box

 The Bundle
The Bundle

In the box, you have a package that is clean and provides only what you need to get the product to work with Skype.  You have the manual, software installation disc, and the phone itself. IPevo states that this product will work with Windows 2000 and higher, but will not state if it will work with Microsoft’s up-and-coming Operating System, Windows Vista. Unfortunately, users that are still running Windows 98, Me, or NT4 will not be able to use this product.

Product Overview:

The size of the phone is not much bigger than the Nintendo Wii remote. The phone is lightweight and great for use on trips when using a laptop with a wireless Internet connection.
There are several buttons that can be configured for voicemail, ringers, contacts, and outgoing/incoming calls. Bear in mind that if you have not paid for SkypeOut or SkypeIn, you will not be able to dial out to land-line phones or answer incoming calls from land-lines, only other contacts using Skype.

There are 6 ringers that can be selected with the square button on the top right. These ringers will overtake the ones in the Skype application. Whenever someone tries to contact you on Skype, the phone itself will ring.

The contact list is easy controlled with the green knob between the “Yes” and “No” buttons. Pushing up and down on it selects which contact you want to dial. The “Yes” and “No” buttons work just like your cellular phone, initiating and ending the call. The Skype button switches your window focus to the Skype program so that it can be controlled.  If you want to dial to an outside line, just simply key the phone number into Skype, and press the “Yes” button. Volume buttons are located on the left hand side of the phone, and a mute button is located on the right hand side, handy for when you may be interrupted during a conversation.