Updating candlestick phones to 425
There are a few devices on the market that act as a Bluetooth gateway for traditional land-line phones: they connect to one or more Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, and route mobile calls through land-line phones that are plugged into the device.Now when someone calls your mobile phone number (and your mobile phone is within range of the Bluetooth gateway), the call will ring on your antique phone!I found that my phone sounded a little too loud when I first connected it, so I lowered the incoming volume one notch, and now it's perfect.Some of the "advanced" settings accessible through the software allow you to make adjustments that might minimize call quality issues - XLink's customer service department can help you with this.This is the method I initially chose for making calls through my antique telephone, so I have the most to say about this option.
The software also allows you to make adjustments to the volume levels, among other things.
If people are having trouble hearing me, I switch the call back over to my i Phone instead.
Other users of this device have reported that the bell-and-clapper ringers on some or all of their antique telephones have not worked when connected to the XLink.
This hasn't been a problem for me since I am used to plugging in my phone overnight, but it is something to up for an internet-based phone service like Google Voice, and buy a pulse-to-tone converter for each antique phone to make it dial calls.
You can also attach just one pulse-to-tone converter to the Vo IP device itself, and this will convert pulses from all connected rotary-dial phones to tone-dialed numbers. You can order this device for around .00 from Amazon.com, sign up for a compatible internet-based phone service, use Polycom's Obi Talk website to link the device to your phone service, plug a telephone into the device and - you can make and receive calls on your antique phone via the internet!