Linksys has launched two internet enabled VoIP phones today to allow people to make calls from wireless hotspots without the need for a computer.
Similar to the D-Link solution launched last month, except with the added bonus offering an internet browser, Linksys is hoping that people will turn to the phones rather than relying on their mobile phone.
The more advanced of the two models, the WIP300 sports a 2.2-inch colour screen, the ability to offer 3 way conference calling as well as being able to hold and resume calls. A built-in internet browser is also included so users trying to access public hotspots which require user name or password still can.
The browser can also be used to access web-based email, view websites or even receive internet-based video, such as that sent by the Linksys WVC54GC Wireless-G Compact Internet Video Camera.
The WIP300 features a 1.8-inch colour LCD display, the promise of easy connectivity to a Linksys network and a call forwarding, call transfer, call history.
Both units will cost $219.99 and $369.99 respectively and will require you to have a VoIP service in place to be able to use them.
No word as yet to whether the phones will be available in the UK.
We will keep you posted.