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While other cordless vendors prepare their first VoIP-enabled cordless phones, Uniden will be on its second-generation products for Vonage and 8x8. Uniden and VTech will also offer PC-based handsets for use with instant messaging voice applications.
Uniden will partner with MSN to introduce a combination peer-to-peer VoIP/PSTN product, the WIN 1200, in the second quarter for a suggested $79.99.
The WIN 1200 is a 5.8GHz digital cordless system that can connect to a landline and a computer via USB. When the base is connected to a PC running Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger, consumers can synch the Messenger contact list with the handset phonebook and place phone calls to fellow Windows Live users free of charge. The handset can also send instant messages to other Live Messenger users.
The WIN 1200 extends the reach of “presence technology” by delivering notification options on the cordless handset.
The WIN 1200 also allows three-way conferencing between Messenger users or regular landline callers. The handset features the company's integri.sound technology for improved audio performance, a handset speakerphone, a color LCD screen and recordable ringtones.
The company will also introduce the UIP160P 8x8-enabled system.
The UIP160P ($129) is a 5.8GHz digital system expandable up to 10 handsets (two included). It features a handset speakerphone, DirectLink two-way radio between handsets, call transferring, a router with a built-in firewall, 20 ringtones, caller ID/call waiting, message-waiting indicator and support for two VoIP lines. It is compatible with several of Uniden's 5.8GHz handsets.
Vonage and Uniden also announced the first retailers for the first Vonage-enabled Uniden cordless, the UIP1869. CompUSA and Fry's Electronics will carry the phone.
VTech will keep its Vonage-enabled IP8100 5.8GHz digital cordless on the market and offer a single handset SKU for $119 or a two handset SKU for $149.
Finally, the company will keep its Skype-enabled USB7100 in the line.
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