As much as we love Skype, sometimes you don’t want to be tethered to your computer, smartphone or tablet to make calls. That is where the new FREETALK Connect Me Home Phone Adaptor comes in. Connect Me lets you conveniently make Skype calls using your home phone! That means you can make Skype-to-Skype calls, or Skype to mobile and landline calls, all using your good old landline phone handset.You can also answer calls from other Skype users with their regular phone using the Connect Me (not just make them).
But wait, it gets better! If you actually still use a landline, the Connect Me can have Skype work in conjunction with a landline too, so that you can still use your landline to make and receive calls. The way it works is that the Connect Me acts as a bridge between your existing physical home phone, Skype, and even your land line. All you have to do is connect the Connect Me to your router and your landline phone handset.
In many ways, FREETALK’s Connect Me makes Skype take on the MagicJack Plus and the NetTalk Duo devices, which are devices that also let you make low cost phone calls, sans a computer. The FREETALK Connect Me costs just $39.99 and comes with 60 minutes of free calls. Unfortunately, in comparison to MagicJack Plus and NetTalk Duo’s $49.99 – $59.99 price tags, Connect Me isn’t so competitively priced – because those systems come with a year of free calling within the U.S. and Canada. That said, neither of these two services can beat Skype’s great international calling rates and plans, nor can they co-exist so nicely with your landline.