Use Your Landline Phone for Skype Calls (Review of D-Link USB Adapter)

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Ever since I began using Skype a couple years ago, I’ve been looking for the best way to use it without being tethered to my PC by a pair of headphones. I tried the Bluetooth route, but the sound quality was less than adequate, and I could never get used to those little Bluetooth ear pieces hanging over my ear. What I really wanted was just to use my regular landline headset for Skype and regular landline calls (it’s all about integration with me).

This weekend, during a trip to BestBuy, I found a solution. It’s called the D-Link DPH-50U Skype USB Phone Adapter.

With this little gadget, you can use your landline phone to make Skype calls. It’s really simple to connect. Just connect it to your computer via the USB cable provided with the adapter. Then connect your landline phone to the adapter. Finally, connect the adapter to your telephone wall socket. Before you do all that, of couse, you’ll need to install the driver that comes with the adapter.

Once you’ve completed all that, you can use Skype to call anywhere you want. And of course, all Skype calls are free in the US and Canada until the end of the year. After that, just use your regular Skypeout account.

You can also use your landline phone to call regular Skype contacts. All you do is assign a speed dial number to each of your contacts (in your Skype control panel), and when you pick up your landline phone, dial ##, then the speed dial number, then the * key. To make regular long distance calls via Skype, just dial ## 001 + area code + 7 digit phone number. If you were calling another country, instead of 001, you’d have to use the code for that country.

It’s that easy. The key, of course, is you must have your computer powered on and be logged into your Skype account.

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  1. Sara Solomon says:

    How do I dial long distance using my Skype credits from my iPhone? I have Skype on my iPhone .

  2. James Nikon says:

    I’m wondering if my landline company is associated with skype. Skype is very useful as a means of communication.

    • I don’t think any landline phone companies are associated with skype in any way.

    • Joe says:

      Why bother. Magic Jack can also use the internet with free calls to Canada and anywhere in the US. For one time fee of $69.00 and $20.00 a year thereafter you can have phone service without having to have your computer on all the time. And you can use a regular house phone. The reception is also much better.

  3. Lee says:

    Thanks for the info Daniel. I’ll checkout the Skype’s inhouse call diverter called “Rylwy”

  4. ramanarayan says:

    Sir Our Comnay’s all staff have there own skype account
    and want to manipulate that particular account to landline please suggest me best option.

  5. Marsha says:

    Does this product work with Macs?

  6. anwar says:

    Hi.. Can I call my skype ID using the Dlink USB phone adaptor? or when i make pc to pc call, can i uae the phone to have conversation?

  7. Hekkie says:

    Hi Mary, I read your message and wonder if you could give me a bit more info. I am interested in making use of a skype phone for local as well as ffor speaking to my children in the UK
    Regards
    Hekkie

  8. Bill G says:

    Magic Jack is by far the worst product ever. We were sudused by the low price and easy of use hype. I bought three with the understanding that I could return them if they didn’t work. Well they have never worked properly. People I called could not understand me because the device drops too many packets. I tried all the fixes they recomended, even upgraded to a faster PC. Bottom line… don’t bother with Magic Jack. It won’t do what they advertise. Skype is better.

    • Ray says:

      Majic Jack dosen’t drop any thing is the computer you have connected the problem you need a better internet connection or better computer.
      I call all over the world , have my wireless connectet to it and talk all over my property ( 5 acres) with no problem one of the best modern life inventions!!!! For $56.00 for 5 YEARS!!!

  9. PJ says:

    MagicJack should be renamed MagicCrap. It didn’t work for me no matter what I did, and their customer service in India just read me bottle answers and were of no help at all. What a waste of time it was, and you bet it was returned to Radio Shack.

  10. daniel says:

    There is a new call diverter for landline and cell phone

    through skype free. the name is “Rylwy”

    your incoming calls from your landline and cell phone will follow you for

    free anywhere you travel, to another internet connection,

    and you can make calls from your original landline anywhere

    In the world as if you are near your landline.

  11. LOTOOLE says:

    Thank you for this review and it is has been helpful.

    I would also like to state that-
    It is unfortunate that others can not stop and think before they type personal attacks online.
    I know plenty of people that may not have had the best experience, but that approach is not necessary.
    To take your feelings out on a reviewer because they are more tangible than the product is disgusting.

    Please consider you are typing to another human not a database.

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