VTech has announced the ip8300infoPhone, an Internet-enabled cordless landline telephone that offers a way to check e-mail, news, sports, weather and horoscopes, all without turning on a computer. The new ip8300 infoPhone is also one of VTech’s first North American products to feature the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) 6.0 technology.
The new ip8300 infoPhone uses the Internet to access information directly on the cordless handset’s color LCD screen, including news headlines, weather reports, horoscopes, local directory searches and more. The infoPhone has a dedicated key for one-touch access to personalized, valuable information – sports fans can see the latest scores for their favorite team and busy parents can easily check the local weather before dressing kids for school. The ip8300 is connected to the Internet via a dedicated connection in the phone system’s base station. Users can also sign into their accounts for quick access to e-mail communications, instant messages and buddy list updates.
The new ip8300 uses DECT 6.0 technology, which operates on the 1.9 GHz frequency. The Wi-Fi friendly DECT technology easily integrates into homes with Internet and Wi-Fi services, because the 1.9 GHz frequency is not used by other wireless technologies.
In addition, VTech’s wf6972 802.11 Wi-Fi phone system comes with software that allows the handset to receive information wirelessly from the PC. Using 802.11 technology, users can wirelessly access news headlines, sports scores and weather updates directly on the cordless handset, which also offers standard land-line capabilities.
The new VTech information-enabled phones will be on display at CES in Las Vegas. These phones can be purchased at major retail outlets and online at www.vtechphones.com in Spring 2007.