Philips ThinkLink: All-in-one DECT + Mobile Phone is Available

 14 Sep 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
 omar@myddnetwork.com

Philips came up with an interesting gadget in a category where, honestly, it’s not very easy to innovate: DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) phones. The product was first introduced at the IFA 2011 in Berlin (Germany).

We are talking about the Philips ThinkLink, a DECT phone that integrates a docking station to charge your cell phone and the possibility of using the DECT terminal as if it were the mobile device…  and you can do both things at the same time thanks to a Bluetooth connection. Basically, you have all your phone calls centralized in one phone.

Telephone DECT Philips

As seen in the picture, the base unit includes a surface to put a mobile phone, but that is not for charging by friction, induction, or conduction. That is just a wrinkled surface, so the mobile phone can be hold. And actually, the charging process uses USB connections.

This way, you can charge your mobile phone on the docking station while calls are managed by the “desktop” phone. Very cool, huh? For this purpose, the ThinkLink comes with an integrated mini USB cable and an additional USB port. So you even can charge your iPhone and your iPod at the same time.

In addition, you will be able to transfer your whole contact list from a mobile phone to the ThinkLink.

And all this can be duplicated since you can connect up to two mobile phones by using the Bluetooth connection!

Great! But.. wait… what about the old landline number? There is no problem. Since this gadget works like a regular DECT phone, you can connect your old landline number to the device, too. Yeah, you can have three connected phone numbers  (2 mobile phones + 1 landline number), several contact lists,  and only one device in your hand.

In this manner, several domestic problems are solved:

– First of all, you have a specific point where your cell phone is situated in your home  or office, avoiding wasting time searching for it. Of course, you need to be disciplined enough to put the cell phone on the docking station every day. 🙂

– Second, you can use the DECT system as an extension of the mobile phone to improve the signal. For example, if you are in your home and the docking extension (where the cell phone is being charged) is placed in your living room where the mobile signal is strong, then you can go to the basement with the DECT terminal and you can talk by phone without any problem, even if the mobile signal is really weak there. And the quality of this signal can be improved, too (including volume, of course).

– Third, you have an alternative and additional way of charging your mobile phone.

– And lastly, but not least, you can have a backup of your contact list which is always appreciated. ThinLink can store up to 2,000 numbers (two number per record) from your mobile phones and you also can record additional 200 numbers by using programming options like in a regular DECT landline phone. So, you can consolidate up to 2,200 contacts in this device! That’s enough for almost every single person in the world, isn’t it? Anyway, most of the time, you end up needing only 20% of the records even if you have a very large list of contact numbers  🙂

In our opinion, the only thing lacking is a way of charging our cell phones wirelessly but unfortunately, this is not a perfect world 🙂 Anyway, this is a great gadget!

Additional features

The ThinkLink comes with a very basic 2.4-inch color TFT display to show data with an user interface that  is perhaps a little similar to the user interfaces of some cell phones produced in the first years of this century. It’s lightweight and looks like any advanced regular DECT phone in the market.

The DECT terminal has a battery life of 22 hours (talk time) and, of course, is charged when it is connected to the base unit.

In addition, the phone was thought to minimize the transmission power of its DECT range in order to be an efficient and ecological product. For that reason, when the terminal is near to the base unit, the emission can be reduced up to 93%, which is good not only in terms of efficiency, but also in terms of health.

In this phone, Philips has implemented its MySound technology to configure, modify, and improve the sound of voices transmitted through the terminal. You can have up to 3 different sound profiles according to your preferences and quality sound needs.

Phillips ThinkLink

As for the price, the Philips ThinkLink was released with a price of around 139 Euros (approximately $190).






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