I have just purchased a Siemens Gigaset 685 DECT telephone system with Bluetooth and answer machine from John Lewis (best price I could find) Gigaset 685 Duo
I have longed to be able to synchronise my fixed line telephone with my Outlook contacts. We have long been able to do to do this with our mobiles. Indeed our household mobiles are all windows mobile 6.0.
Now at last there is a phone out there that will do it. It achieves this by using Bluetooth. Siemens provide some software to run on my laptop that allows me to send selected contacts to the handset. The handsets can also receive contacts beamed from our mobiles.
I thought that the only way we were going to achieve this was to use a dual fixed line/ VOIP phone (that didn’t need a PC). With these you can access your online VOIP contact from your fixed line phone. However these do not allow you to use your VOIP contacts list whilst dialling out on the PSTN. The only way to use the VOIP contacts for those not on VOIP is to use services like Skype Out and that will cost. My current fixed line telephone service tariff from Tiscali gives me free calls to 01 and 02 numbers.
Siemens does offer an IP phone in the Gigaset range with Bluetooth so I could have had the best of the both worlds. But I settled just for Bluetooth as all our mobiles have wi-fi and use Skype.
My ideal would be for the handset to access my Outlook contacts direct over wi-fi but Bluetooth is a good comprise.
My next project is to tie all this up with my online contacts – IM, email, social network contacts. I am currently experimenting with Digsby.com and using my Yahoo contacts to synchronise with my Outlook Contacts. But that will be the subject of a later blog when I have sorted it out.
By way of an aside this blog entry was created using Windows Live Writer (WLW) a very neat blog writer. WLW is part of the Live suite of applications that also includes Live Photo Gallery which allows me to upload my photos direct to Flickr