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This review is from: RTX DUALphone 3088 for Skype (No PC Required) (Electronics)We had a pair of the older Dualphones (also I believe from RTX) but the batteries have started to fail and there seems no way to get replacements with the right connections (US Amazon refused to ship to the UK! Homeland Security, I guess). So we upgraded to this new version and I've been very impressed in the 24 hours I've had it. The handset paired quickly with the base station and seemed to fully charge after about 3-4 hours, not the stated 6. I had to close down the old Skype PC-based program before the phone allowed me to sign in to Skype, but that was no problem as I no longer need that to be running now with this non-PC-based version. Interestingly, Skype running on a wifi laptop doesn't offer any interference to the new phone version, so video-Skyping from there is still fine, with the new phone being used for Skype-out or landline-in-or-out calls.
The keyboard is still rubbish, but actually better than the previous model, and though the numbers are indeed small, anyone who uses a phone at all knows the layout of numbers by now, so it's not particularly difficult to use. The call quality on Skype, Sykpe-out and landline is a quantum leap better than with the previous phone, so that in itself is a bonus. And the battery life is much better too. I've just taken a 50-minute call and the green battery indicator showed no discernible use of the battery at all. The ringing tone is a fraction quiet and a bit dopey-80s disco, but actually distinctive enough to be heard over the sound of a TV next to it in the living room.
So good, I've sent for a secondary handset already for use downstairs.