This version comes with the BUA200 USB BT dongle. It’s capable of HDVoice when used with the built-in BT radio on a similarly capable host. I was not able to get it to pass HDVoice to the BUA200 connected to a desktop. It also lacks A2DP, which means it’s great for voice calls but you cannot use it to listen to music or podcasts via your cell phone.
Even so, this is good price on a high-quality, HDVoice-capable BT headset that commanded $120+ not so long ago.
The cordless headset is DECT-based, operating at 1.9 GHz so it won’t suffer interference from Wifi networks. Both it’s cordless range and battery life will be better than similar Bluetooth devices. The lifter, while decidedly old skool tech, lets the headset answer or hang up calls even on phones that don’t support the newer “electronic hookswitch” capability.
I have a similar system that I will soon be installing to the new Cisco 7960 that was deployed in my wife’s newly renovated office.
This morning’s round of email includes sales flier from BUY.COM that shows they’re offering a Belkin Desktop Skype Phone for $50.00 after mail-in rebate. This is a real freestanding device that doesn’t require a computer running the Skype client. It’s not just a USB attached audio device like so many similar, but cheaper models. If you make a lot of use of Skype this could be a good deal. I’ve not used it myself, but that price is about 50% off the $99 list price.
Using Skype with such devices comes with some caveats. The Skype hardware developer program doesn’t support the use of any wideband codecs so the call quality will not be as good as the Skype soft client. Even so the unit appears to have a speakerphone capability, which is certainly convenient. I’d be curious to know how well it performs. If you buy one please let me know.