TOY BOX: Cellsocket doesn't sound impressive

Cell phones are the future. All who enjoy their portability and lack of wires know that.

Cell phones are the future. All who enjoy their portability and lack of wires know that.

But signal quality remains an issue. We've all gotten used to sounding like Alexander Graham Bell calling Mr. Watson on his first phone. Eventually someone will come up with ways to improve cell-phone reception.

I thought the Cellsocket was such an attempt. It allows a user to take cell calls through a normal land-line phone. The Cellsocket plugs in where normally the wire coming from your wall would go. It can also be used on a two-line phone, making your cell phone the second line.

Maker WHP Wireless correctly notes the Cellsocket can let someone use their cell minutes while calling from a regular phone, saving battery life on the cell. And the flip phone supplied looked cool sitting in the Cellsocket as it charged. It had a clock on the front that glowed.

But I was disappointed by the sound quality. If anything, it was worse than using the cell phone. Maybe the problem was the wireless devices I use interfering with signals. I'm not sure.

If you tend to run down your cell battery a lot, this could be an option. If you're looking for better sound quality, keep looking.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $139.99

    Available at www.cellsocket.com

    Specs Works with Motorola V120, V60, and T720 phones.

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