updated 07:50 pm EDT, Thu August 23, 2007
Calisto Pro debuts
Plantronics has introduced the Calisto Pro, a new home phone that ships with a multi-function Bluetooth headset, which the company says aids in the management of landline, mobile and VoIP conversations. The unit consists of a compact landline handset and multi-function Bluetooth headset nested in a charging base. The headset allows users to switch between landline, mobile phone and VoIP calls by pressing a button. The handset uses encrypted, voice-dedicated DECT 6.0 technology to enhance audio clarity and mitigate interference with other signal generators, such as WiFi devices and microwaves. Plantronics claims a 300 feet of roaming range. The Bluetooth headset also offers a noise-canceling microphone as well as an extended boom, and can be connected to both the handset to answer both landline and mobile calls. You can also pair the headset with a Bluetooth-capable mobile phone while on the road, and it will automatically reconnect with the home phone upon return to charger range.
Additional features include a built-in speakerphone and flip-up waist clip. There's also a USB port, allowing connection to a PC for transference of Skype and Yahoo voice calls to the headset. The Calisto Pro can receive and hold 200 Microsoft Outlook contacts, with up to three numbers each, accessible from the handset. The phone is priced at $280 and will be available in September.