People are more mobile than ever before, and the use of a home phone is becoming less and less popular. But, there are still those holdouts that refuse to give up their landline, and Voice Bridge is the tool that can help keep tabs on their landline from mobile. Read on and find out more about Voice Bridge and why it grabs a Techaeris Top Pick 2016 award.
What’s In The Box
- Voice Bridge base
- Ethernet cable
- Micro-USB wall charger
- Assorted power adapter plugs for various countries
- Assorted telephone cables with various configurations
The Voice Bridge has an extremely simple and minimal design and is built of plastic all around. The company could have gone with a solid white color but I like the black top and white bottom scheme, it gives it some depth of character. The plastic build doesn’t feel cheap and chintzy, but it also doesn’t feel premium in the hand. On the bottom are four rubber feet for gripping whatever surface it’s placed on. The front of the Voice Bridge houses the LED indicator and the sides and top are void of anything. The rear of the Voice Bridge houses the Ethernet port, phone jack, Micro-USB power port and reset button. That’s about it, simple yet clean and attractive design without feeling overtly cheap.
Ease Of Use
Setup is simple. First, you should download the Voice Bridge application from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Then connect the Voice Bridge to your router using the provided Ethernet cable and also connect the telephone cable to the phone jack on both Voice Bridge and the wall. Plug in to a power source and be sure your iPhone or Android is connected to the same network your Voice Bridge will be connected to. Fire up the app and follow the instructions to connect to your Voice Bridge, and you’re ready to go. A very simple setup and the app controls are equally simple.
Voice Bridge works really well and allows you to take phone calls and make phone calls that come in on your landline as long as you’re on the same network. So if my wife calls me while I’m at home and the landline phone is downstairs but I have my iPhone with me, I can take her call on the iPhone without having to run to find the landline. You can also make calls from your cellphone using the landline. All of this is done through the app. Now it’s important to note that you cannot make or take calls while you’re away from your home network, but the device will send you a notification when you get a call on your landline. That notification will show you who called then you can choose if you want to call that person back from your cellphone or just wait until you get home. The device does exactly what it says it does and it does it well. You do have to use an app to make it work but that’s to be expected.
UPDATE: Invoxia sent us an email to clarify one part of the performance of Voice Bridge and that is if you have the FollowMeAudio feature within iOS activated, you can make and take calls from your landline number outside of your home network. That is for iPhone and iOS only.
$99 gets you into the Voice Bridge and for those who don’t want to give up their landlines but would still like to know who’s calling them while they’re away…it might be worth it.
For the shrinking demographic of landline users Voice Bridge could be a useful tool. If you really, sorely need to know who’s ringing you at home, then it could be a good buy.
*We were sent a review sample of the Voice Bridge for the purposes of this review.
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