Skype FreeTalk Connect-Me Review

Written by  //  October 19, 2011  //  General, Reviews  // 

Skype FreeTalk Home Phone Adapter with US power adapter

The FreeTalk Connect -e is a home phone adapter for Skype that allows you to make Skype-to-Skype calls, Skype-to-phone calls, and phone-to-Skype calls.  Plus, if you still want to keep your traditional phone service but would just like to use Skype for certain calls (e.g. international, long distance), you can choose between the two when dialing out (press “#” before dialing to use your traditional landline service instead of Skype).

I have several existing landline phones lying around the house, so I decided to take the $30 plunge (with a Groupon) for the phone adapter and a 12 month subscription for unlimited US and Canada calling.  (I love Groupon)

I know this sounds silly but it’s worth noting that the packaging is a very minimalist, eco-friendly brown box.

The Skype Freetalk Connect Me adapter comes in a simple brown box

The Skype Freetalk Connect Me adapter comes in a simple brown box

 

FreeTalk Home Phone Adapter box: "Our packaging is soy cool"

FreeTalk Home Phone Adapter box: "Our packaging is soy cool"

 

Skype FreeTalk Home Phone Adapter with US power adapter

Skype FreeTalk Home Phone Adapter with US power adapter

 

The Skype FreeTalk Connect-Me is pretty small

The Skype FreeTalk Connect-Me is pretty small

 

The Setup

Okay, enough photos of the packaging and the FreeTalk Connect-Me unit.  The instructions are pretty straight forward: Plug your phone handset into the unit, plug in the existing phone cable from the wall socket into the unit, plug in an ethernet cable from your router into the unit, and finally plug it in to power socket.

After a few seconds, the status light turns green and the Connect-Me appears in your “Network Places” in Windows or in your “Bonjour Bookmarks” in Safari on a Mac.

FreeTalk Connect-Me on a Mac

FreeTalk Connect-Me on a Mac

Here’s the web setup interface:

Very clean web interface

 

Checking the internet connection

Checking the phone handset connection

 

Checking the landline connection for dial tone

 

Whoops! If you don’t have a landline with dial tone hooked up, you’ll see the message above.  That’s okay.  You’ll still be able to continue without a traditional landline service.

Default call settings

 

That was easy

 

Home screen

 

Automatic Firmware updates!

 

One of the best features is that the FreeTalk Connect-Me unit does automatic firmware updates. Those of you who’ve used the archaic Netgear Skype phones will welcome the fact that the FreeTalk Connect-Me DOES ACTUALLY GET FIRMWARE UPDATES.

 

So how does it work?

It works flawlessly.  When you pick up the phone receiver/handset, you’ll hear a dial tone similar to a traditional landline phone service.  One very important note though is that it does not support 911 calls.

 

The Verdict

It’s a good value for $30-60

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