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Motorola Intros Windows VoIP Handset

New York — Motorola joined the growing ranks of cordless phone manufacturers to court PC VoIP users with the release of its T31 series for use with Windows Live Messenger service.

The T3151 feature a base station that can connect to a PC for placing calls over Windows Live Messenger service, and to a phone jack for placing standard PSTN calls. It will retail for a suggested $99.99 and will include one handset.

The phone uses the DECT frequency to provide up to 10 hours of talktime and is expandable up to six handsets — the T3101, for a suggested $69.99. The handset features a speakerphone, alarm clock, support caller ID with visual call waiting and is capable of displaying online Messenger contacts on a color LCD, along with a choice of four wallpapers.

The T3151 offers a private phone book that can store up to 80 names with three numbers per name, handset-to-handset intercom, 16 ringtones, and voicemail indicator.

Motorola is the third vendor to offer a cordless solution for Windows Live Messenger; Uniden and Philips announced similar products earlier in the year. According to Microsoft, Live Messenger has 240 million registered users worldwide.