D-Link DPH-540, DPH-541 WiFi flip phone is here

Dph540We scoped D-Link’s VoIP WiFi phone on the FCC site not too long ago and apparently it’s ready for prime-time. I won’t be flipping out for this flip phone anytime soon as the cost is right up there with its competitors at $249. The two models, DPH-540 and DPH-541, differ only by color; one is black and one is silver (what, no iPod white?).

What I’m failing to understand is why a true single use device like this is costing several hundred dollars. At these prices, you can nab a WiFi-enabled Windows Mobile device or even a Smartphone with 3G connectivity for that matter and VoIP the day away. When you’re done talking, you can fetch e-mail, send IMs, read a book, watch TV, take silly pictures of yourself. What will you do when you’re finished talking on the DPH-540? You’ll flip it closed…and open….and closed….no thanks; the only way these standalone VoIP phones will start selling like hotcakes is when the price is under $100 IMO. Any thoughts?

-kct

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