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SMC Review – 2 weeks later

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2 Weeks later review

2 weeks are gone since I got the SMC phone and I am sorry to inform you that the phone sucks. I am so annoyed with it and upset.

At the beginning I was very much swept away with the idea of on wifi Voip phone – no we are at low tide …. why?

Well first of all the sound quality of the phone is poor and on top of that there is some kind of weird delay. I come off really rude, because for the other person on the phone it sounds like I am falling always into their words… pain! And no it has nothing to do the with signal strength cuz in my office I got 3 bars!

The other thing is that it has some kind of weird power problem, the battery is 3/4 full but still just breaks down and shuts down the whole phone in the middle of a conversation. Restarting takes a while … searching for the network, logging into the Skype account … meanwhile the other person calles 5 times wondering what went wrong.

Last but not least … the battery power after being fully charged is like nothing … you better hook the phone up every night, otherwise you might run low on power.

Yeah, and the free fon router is still not here.

I still have the RTX cordless headset which is connect via USB!

The good one

Well I am back to it and the wifi phone is just for when I am traveling. Sad!

Both are available in the Skype Shop

Do you have a Skype Voip / Wifi Phone? What experiences did you make?

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Posted by   @   13 December 2006 15 comments
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Jan 3, 2007
8:50 am
#1 Mike :

gday mate a few qusetions, what is your cable,dsl,adsl connection speed and what wireless switch are you using. like you i am intrested in the wifi connection but dont want to invest in something thats not worth pissen on. How long does the battery last while talking when it’s fully charged. does the phone go into stanbye to save power?

many thanks

mike

Jan 3, 2007
9:33 am
#2 RGS :

Hello Mike,

I am getting more and more upset with the phone – now it just turns off during conversations even though it’s almost fully charged. When using the phone the batteries last a day.

I got a 3MB a sec connection and the wifi strength is good … it shows as 3 bars out 4. There is no standby.

Apr 19, 2007
4:24 pm
#3 Alain :

I feel your pain:
In order to get it to work with the Fon-router I need to update the firmware through a PC file. However when I connect the USB-cable to the PC the phone is not being recognized. Even after repeated tries.
It might be a slight problem but it kills a big part of the functionality.

May 16, 2007
10:14 am
#4 Chris :

Unfortunately most of the problems you are describing occur for me too. The battery is so poor that I usually have the phone always plugged in to my laptop with the USB cable. I only take it of when I actually make a call and want to lounge in the couch while chatting. One longer call of 45 minutes and the fully charged phone is almost drained of battery. The phone does work fine in my office and at home and voice quality is really not an issue. People here me fine and I hear them fine.

Alain: Even if the phone is not recocgnized you you plug it in via USB, running the new firmware updater will work when the phone is plugged in. I just upgaded mine and hope now that the new firmware brings some improvements in terms of energy consuption.

I still think it was not wasted money to get one of those SMC phones. They are just a cool gadget ….they are just still relatively new and beta.

Chris
Amsterdam

Sep 19, 2007
1:02 pm
#5 Terry Lentz, sr. :

For the SMC WSKP100 wifi phone:
1. When someone calls my Skype-in number my computer rings but not the SMC…why…tried all settings & can not fix although when looking at ring options it plays them ok.

2. For battery power..a question…the supplied NP60 battery is 3.6 volts whereas the lable inside the SMC phone says 5 volts. Why the difference. Why did they not provide a 5 volt battery and if one could be found would performance be better.

3. I am interested in connecting an external antenna. Can it be connected directly through the USB on the phone somehow or do I need to have both an antenna and USB card to connect and if so would that work?

Sep 26, 2007
5:31 am
#6 Bill :

Can you connect it with the usb cord and make calls and receive calls?

Sep 26, 2007
8:28 am
#7 RGS :

Bill, if you are talking about the SMC, I think you can’t. The USB is only there so you can charge the phone.

Dec 5, 2007
10:28 pm
#8 disgruntled in Paris :

I have been searching in vain for some useful web resource that can actually help me make this piece of sh*** work!
I bought this phone 6-months ago and run a WIFI net in both my office (I own a software company and we run EVERYTHING including our media-centre with full wireless TV et al) thru wifi routers AND we only use SKYPE as our public and VOIP telephone/conf/vid etc facility BUT FRANKLY…..
….THIS PIECE OF HARDWARE IS JUNK!!!!
Sorry – mine is now gonna get sold to some other mug via EBAY – I Just hope I get at least a tenth of what I paid for this.
My ISP is great – 5th best in Europe – wicked performance 24×7 (well 6.8) but this handset is just the pits!
I am sorry but without being more negative it is simply the worst 200EUR I have ever laid out.
All you people that review this as a ‘must have’ ‘skype certified’ piece of kit – wake up and realise if you carry on selling and talking up this rubbish you WILL lose all credibility and bye bye!
Voila!!

PS….. IF ANYONE ANYWHERE can really tell me why I should not sell this on to some other poor sucker (and rather simply stamp on this thing until it …

… lost for words cos it’s already dead and useless – all my friends, family etc dont even bother to call my home skype anymore, prefering to spend the extra to call me on GSM – well if that is not a bad review I cant say anymore).

You make your own choice. But in future PLEASE!!!!! – review honestly!!!!!!!!

Unhappy? YES!

Dec 6, 2007
9:16 am
#9 RGS :

Well, this review is honest and if you would do a quick search on the SMC on RGS you will see that I totally agree with you.

Jan 11, 2008
11:43 am
#10 Adam :

Hi Mike,

My dad has one of these as a family phone and I managed to get it working after(I’m only 12 and he couldn’t do it.)it had just been sitting there for about a year. You need to have a la fonera account and log in to that on the phone, then find a network and type in the key(If required)then sign in to skype.
Problems.
1. No standby so batt goes down real quick.
2. You can’t add contacts on the phone, you need to do it on a computer.

Jan 11, 2008
11:44 am
#11 Adam :

Hi Bill,

Yes, you should be able to.

Jan 11, 2008
1:12 pm
#12 RGS :

Adam,

I was able to add contacts via the phone. What do you think about the sound quality of the phone alltogether?

Jan 26, 2008
11:41 am
#13 Jon :

I’ve been using this while i’ve been living in Japan just fine. My sounds always been good. It’s true that the battery life is short but it does last me around 2-3 hours of convo which is at least as good as my old phone.

Also, mine does go into standby. I’ve left it on for days and still had charge later.

My only gripe is no text messeging. Like I said i’m in Japan. Conversations in person using my semi-decent Japanese with natives works fine but, on the phone we can’t see body gestures and use electrionic jisho’s so it gets hard. However, with texting we’d be able to read(Reading is always easier then talking. It’s just true)

Doesn’t make much sense that you can’t use it to text. considering.

Jan 26, 2008
12:59 pm
#14 RGS :

Jon,

I gave up usting it … What are you doing in Japan .. ? Sounds exctiting. If you ever come across something cool please let me know and I will put it up on RGS. Or even better .. maybe you would like to be my the Guest Blogger from the far east?

Jul 10, 2008
12:21 pm
#15 hototay :

At first, I was hesitant to buy this phone but finally decided to purchase it notwithstanding the negative comments and reviews pertaining to the phone. I bought 2 units, for me and for my wife. Iteresringly, I’m quite happy with the phone so far..Sound quality is good, probably at par with cellular calls. No disconnection from the router while talking, and no sudden shut downs as others experience…I never had the battery problem also..My only gripe is: When the phone is idle, it disconnects to the router. You’ll have to “wake it up” by pressing any button to reconnect to the router, this takes just a fraction of a second. I noticed though that when it is charging, it does not in any way disconnects from the network.
I’m very much satisfied with this phone..so far..

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