Philips VOIP433 Dual Phone

A handy cordless phone that allows for both landline and VoIP calling through Windows Live Messenger.


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Upside
The VOIP433 handset is one of two Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) enabled cordless phone products just released by Philips (the other is the VOIP321). The rationale behind the new line is simple -- most consumers resent being chained to their PC when making calls (as with a traditional VoIP headset), and they also don't want to be forced to use a separate handset for their landline and VoIP calls.

With the VOIP433, Philips has teamed up with Microsoft to allow users to both make and receive Internet calls to and from their online Windows Live Messenger contacts. This is enabled by a 4096-colour display (98x67 pixels), which uses the same interface and icons as the desktop version of Messenger.

The device is also capable of hooking into your regular landline ("Public Switched Telephone Network" or PSTN for those familiar with the jargon), and you're able to switch between VoIP and PSTN modes seamlessly (at least judging by our limited testing at the launch event).

Philips has clearly put significant effort into designing the device. The kit comes with two primary components -- the handset (with cradle) and a separate box that connects up to your PC (via USB) and landline. The box communicates wirelessly with the handset, and provided that you're logged into Messenger on your desktop PC, your contacts and their online status are streamed to the handset in real-time.

The kit is sold with either one or two handsets (AU$159.95 for one, AU$249.95 for two), allowing households to potentially have a regular landline and a VoIP call taking place simultaneously.

As the attached images can attest, aside from the buttons enabling the VoIP functionality, the handset's design is virtually identical to any other cordless phone so non-techies can continue to place regular landline calls while the more technologically inclined members of your household can take advantage of the VoIP features.

Other handy features include a 100-name address book, ten pre-installed polyphonic ringtones and loudspeaker/hands-free functionality.

Downside
Easily the most apparent downside to the kit is the fact that the VoIP side is only compatible with Windows Live Messenger, which doesn't allow for PC-to-Landline VoIP calls (only PC-to-PC).

Another distinct omission we found is the inability to send text messages over Messenger using the handset -- you'll have to jump back onto your PC for that. That said, a spokesperson for Ingram, the local distributor for the product, told CNET.com.au that this functionality would be built into future versions.

Finally, while we loved the device's sleek design, we do feel usability could've been significantly improved if Philips decided to integrate a larger display.

Outlook
Avid users of Windows Live Messenger's voice feature are sure to appreciate the flexibility that Philips' VOIP433 handset provides.

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blackmask posted a comment   

The Good:good distance, nice design, DECT 6.0

The Bad:no ETHERNET plug in : adsl modem to this phone for VOIP ( cheap call)

using VOIP you need LinkSys SPA300 and any cordless phone and internet to make cheap call

willy
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willy posted a review   

The Good:work good on msn live an dect 6.0 standardard

The Bad:need you pc run to run voip mode

I own this phone for over 2 years and i don,t use land line but only for msn call. I work fine on xp and vista. this week i brough a ge bluetooth home phone link to connect to it to use with my cell (I got nokia 5800 xpress music) It work fine it even show my caller id on it my v tech 5.8 dss doesn,t do that it only show unavaiable . well the up side is it work on 6.0 dect spec ,and it take triple a rechargable battery.Than mean as long as the phone work and good for long time. The down side insome case may get some static from phone or from the ge phone link and the volume could me louder

 

Kiwiroadkill posted a comment   

The Good:Works well on XP and OK on Vista

The Bad:No support for Windows 7

Have been using this phone a while now and as I was becoming reliant on it I changed to Windows 7 and have been unable to use it since. Philips have not realease Windows 7 software not does it interface correctly even after Windows installs the driver for it without complaint.

nickbot
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nickbot posted a review   
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The Good:- Works seamlessly with Windows messenger on Vista
- Gives you notifications of new mail messages (including who it's from)
- Lets you know when friends sign onto messenger
- DECT compatible

The Bad:- PC has to be switched on for phone to work (Philips do another VOIP phone that works without the PC being on, but this is only Skype based)
- Lack of Skype may be a problem for some people, but this offers messenger AND PC to Phone calling, so in my opinion is far far better than Skype

Just purchased this phone (I'm based in the UK) and am very pleased with it.

Contrary to reports here, it DOES work for PC to Phone calling, via Verizon (which is associated with Windows Live Messenger). To double check whether or not this will work in your country, go into messenger and on the top line of icons near your profile photo will be a phone handset - click this and follow the signup procedure.

I'm running Windows Vista, and it works seamlessly - you just have to make sure you've got the latest version of Windows Live Messenger installed on your PC.

mufit
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mufit posted a review   

can i use it as pc to pc or pc to phone call please give me fast answer to buy one..( i am using internet free call programs ( voipbuster) not sky pe

gooman
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gooman posted a review   

The Good:Stylish minimalist design. They're really thought about what people would want from a cordless unit and base-station for the home.

The Bad:No Skype is the deal-breaker. Only supporting Windows Messenger is highly disappointing.

This phone looks GREAT!

oakie102
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oakie102 posted a review   

The Good:???

The Bad:Cant get it to work with Vista.
Can't connect to skype

Just can not get it to work with Vista.. works fine on XP. If I had tried the phone before I bought it... I would not have bought it... waste of money.. far better products on the shelf.

 

god36 posted a reply   

yes it works on vista . You must run it with compatibility mode then choose xp sp2 it will work 1.

waruna
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waruna posted a review   

Can they make it work independen of a PC which will save a lot of power! should have ethernet and or wireless interface to router

fred
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fred posted a review   

is there anyway to make it connect to skype? cheers fred


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User Reviews / Comments  Philips VOIP433 Dual Phone

  • blackmask

    blackmask

    "using VOIP you need LinkSys SPA300 and any cordless phone and internet to make cheap call"

  • willy

    willy

    Rating8

    "I own this phone for over 2 years and i don,t use land line but only for msn call. I work fine on xp and vista. this week i brough a ge bluetooth home phone link to connect to it to use with my cel..."

  • Kiwiroadkill

    Kiwiroadkill

    "Have been using this phone a while now and as I was becoming reliant on it I changed to Windows 7 and have been unable to use it since. Philips have not realease Windows 7 software not does it inte..."

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