As cell phones become increasingly prevalent and functional, the traditional land line may seem like a superfluous expense. Cell phones are almost able to completely replace a land line telephone, but many still may enjoy the convenience of a cell phone as well as the functionality of a smart phone. However, in order to use both, one inevitably must pay for two separate telephone service plans. The new X-Link Communications hubs allow users to connect the X-Link to a pre-existing cell phone and eliminate the land line, or to integrate pre-existing cell phones into the land line telephone system.
The X-Link Communications Hubs come in two different varieties, the X-Link BT and the X-Link BTTN. The X-Link BT functions without a landline, and connects to a cell phone via Bluetooth. Users are then able to use any wired telephone sets and wireless headsets hooked up to the X-Link to make phone calls, all through the connected cell phone. If you use an iPhone, you can also dial ## to access Siri and use the voice control, or just make a regular phone call.
The BTTN model can connect to up to three cell phones, just like the BT model, but it also allows a traditional telephone line to be connected, just in case you aren't quite ready to give up your land line. You can hook up either a regular telephone line or a VOIP adapter box. Both models work with panasonic telephone sets, cisco telephones, shoretel telephones, and plantronics headsets. The BTTN model works with Shaw telephone service, as well as all other major telephone service providers.
One of the best features about the X-Link is that it can connect to up to three cell phones at once. For families, this means that each family member's phone can be connected simultaneously. Once a call is connected on any of the connected cell phones, each connected telephone set rings. The X-Link even transmits caller ID data over Bluetooth!
The X-Link can also be connected to a PC with a USB cable for firmware updates. Using the free XWizard software, you can update the X-Link so the most recent firmware is always installed. This includes standard firmware updates as well as updates to accommodate future Bluetooth profiles and enhancements. The XWizard software is currently available for all versions of Windows, and will be available for Mac soon as well.
The X-Link BT costs $99.99 and the X-Link BTTN costs $119.99, but they would pay themselves off fairly quickly if you cancel a land line telephone service. Just about everyone has a cell phone with Bluetooth capabilities, so this is great telephone system solution.