Nettalk Duo - VOIP Home Phone

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Product: netTALK Duo  
Provided By: netTALK

Price: $69.95 MSRP

 

Introduction:

Today we'll be taking a look at the NetTalk Duo. This is the latest in VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) communications products from Nettalk.  If you turn on the television or radio for 5 minutes I'm sure you'll here some phone company claiming to have the lowest price on this and that, and all you have to do is sign a contract.  This contract that probably has a $300 early termination fee and after 6 months or a year later your introductory price will double.

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Box of netTALK Duo

I say "Stop! I don't want to hear anymore! Just give me something that works and is inexpensive."  The NetTalk Duo may be the answer to all of our problems. The NetTalk Duo costs only $69.95 and that is including a full year of phone calls in the United States and Canada.  This price lowers to $29.95 for each additional year.

 

Out of the box:

The first thing that caught my eye of the NetTalk Duo is it's unique shape. It is rectangular with a curved front, square back and rounded edges. It almost reminds me of a tiny exotic sports car. The ultra-high gloss black finish with the chrome accents gives it a low profile futuristic look as well. The NetTalk Duo is about the size of flip open cell phone and will take up almost no space on your desk.

Product Shot
Out Of The Box
Bundle
Bundle

  

Features and More:

The following information has been pulled from the NetTalk Duo product page and posted here for your convenience.

Attributes:

  • Plug n’ Play (requires activation)
  • Color - Black & Chrome
  • Phone Jack (RJ-11)
  • Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Mini USB
  • AC Adapter (UL): 100v ˜ 240v Power via AC Adapter or USB to computer system.


Physical Specs:

  • 2.7 inch x 1.5 inch x 0.9 inch
  • < 1 lb (including packaging and cables)


Included in the package:

  • One netTALK DUO (CE and FCC approved)
  • Power adapter with regionally appropriate connector
  • 3-foot USB to Mini A connector
    • Used to connect to power adapter or to computer USB port
  • 3-foot Ethernet cable to connect to modem or router
  • Quickstart Guide

 

Setup/installation:

Setting up the NetTalk Duo is very simple and will only take about five minutes to complete.

The first thing you will notice is there is two ways you can setup up the NetTalk Duo. Setup one, the recommended setup, plugs directly into router. Setup two is you can plug it directly into an open USB port. I'm not going to worry about setup two because this setup requires you to download drivers and your computer must always be on to make and receive phone calls. It's a no brainer, setup one is the way to go.


So here we go. The gray Ethernet cable gets plugged into the "ETH" port on the back of the NetTalk device. The other end gets plugged into the router. I know, I know easy right? Now plug your home or office phone into the "TEL" port. Finally, plug the AC adapter into the mini USB port on the front of the NetTalk and we are almost done. Now go to www.nettalk.com to activate your product. You are given a numeric username and password to Log into the site. This step is necessary because you have to fill out some personal info like you street address so you are able to call 911 in case of emergencies. Also, you can choose your own phone number. How easy was that?

Nettalk Duo Side

Using the NetTalk Duo:

Once you have the NetTalk Duo setup and registered, simply pick up the phone and call anyone you like. However, you must dial 1+area code to make the call. With international calls you must dial 011+country code+area code and the 7 digits.

 Business End
Business End
Profile
Profile

 

Phone calls are crisp and clear as you would expect from any phone service provider. The NetTalk Duo is also compatible with all services you would want from the phone company such as 911, 411, caller ID, call forwarding and call waiting to name a few.

 

Conclusion:

The NetTalk Duo is a great product and if you need a main phone line or just want an inexpensive secondary line, the NetTalk Duo is definitely for you. I would have to say that the NetTalk Duo is the absolute best VOIP device on the market today. With all of it's features, sound quality, how easy it is to setup and how inexpensive the Duo is, How could you not want to go out and pick one up and give your phone company a piece of your mind.

I'm going to go ahead and score the NetTalk Duo 9.9/10. This is one of the best new devices on the market today.  It doesn't really follow the normal breakdown here at BCCHardware.com so we're not going to give a detailed score, simply a good list of Pros. vs. Cons.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy setup
  • Small and sleek design
  • Free local and long distance calling
  • Fax machine friendly
  • 3 way calling
  • Call forwarding
  • Supports caller ID
  • Voice mail to Email


Cons:

  • Computer setup is not MAC compatible (Router setup is MAC compatible)

Gold 

 

If you have any question or comments regarding this review, please drop us a line by posting a comment in the forum at the link below.  We'd like to thank NetTalk for sending out the Duo for the review.