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Linksys will ship a Yahoo! Messenger-enabled cordless phone later this month capable of connecting to several Yahoo! services in addition to its instant messaging service.
The CIT310 dual-mode phone's base station can connect to a home phone jack for making landline calls and to a USB port for placing calls over Yahoo!'s Messenger service. Yahoo!'s service, like Skype, supports free calls between Yahoo! users and low-rate calling for inbound and outbound landine/mobile calls.
The handset is capable of storing a user's ZIP code and can access Yahoo! Local Search to find local businesses and call them with one click. The phone can also used the stored ZIP code to send weather reports to the handset.
The CIT310 uses DECT technology and is expandable up to a total of six handsets. The handsets feature a dedicated button for toggling between Yahoo! and landline calls, color display for showing Yahoo! contacts, and caller ID info for both Yahoo! and landline calls.
The phone will carry an estimated street price of $99.99. It joins the current CIT300, a dual-mode handset for Skype calling.
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