Pros bluetooth, links up to 3 cells. software upgradeable, no need for landline or voip service if you have enough minutes
Cons Can't display voicemail msg yet - but it's in the works
Summary Bought this thing earlier this year after I dropped Vonage (not bad, but w/ my 1500 anytime minutes, why spend extra $ on another line). In the beginning it could not pair w/ my SE 800i, though it worked fine with my friend's Moto Razr. I Contacted tech support via email. They not only emailed back, but called me several times to trouble-shoot. After realizing that there was nothing I could have done to my phone, they came up w/ a patch in only a few days and everything works flawlessly since. I have looked into the more expensive Phone Labs Dock-N-Talk first (it's been around for years) but what eventually sold me to the new Xlink was its software upgradeability. This is a big plus and I am glad I got it. even if you have trouble with the product initially there will be a free fix down the road. That's not all. I suggested a new feature - to send the voice-mail-notification signal to my Panasonic phone that has msg-waiting light. This was important for me because with my cell phone constantly docked near the xLink downstairs, I rare go near it, and hence missed a number of messages until days later. The great news is that now they are working on a new software version implementing this and other features, and have asked me to test for them. I feel so spoiled, like this is a custom-designed product just for me! All this is possible because the firmware upgradeability, as well as their wonderful tech people who really try very hard to please their customers. BTW, I have several Panasonic 2.4gh phones. No problem w/ the bluetooth signal at all.
Pros Does a whole 'lotta neat things-sort of.
Cons One SERIOUS problem, and needs adjustable volume attenuation
Summary I was really excited upon putting this item in service. Initially it seemed to do EVERYTHING extremely well, albeit too much volume in all functions. Then.....everyone I talked to complained of an unintelligable, garbled echo to my speech. Sounded good on my end. Unit had software 0013, so I downloaded "newest" software 0019. Then things got worse. No improvement on dialogue problem, and gained a Bluetooth link probllem with my LGVX8300 I didn't have with 0013. I'm currently working with Intellitouch in an effort to get things straightened out. I REALLY hope to get this thing up and running. So far, Intellitouch SEEMS to share my desires.....a work in progress ffor now.Updated
The debacle of excessive modulation level has been successfully addressed! I had already downloaded software version 0019 which includes a 5 or 6 step attenuation settiing available for modulation. I had the answer and didn't avail myself of its use. D'oh! Everything goiing swimmingly now. This appears to be a viablle substitute to my Sunrocket VOIP which died a sudden death (as we all now know). I would rate this a 9 or 19 mow!
Pros It allows my wife and I to get all our cell calls downstairs
Cons We don't see any negatives yet. It works as advertised
Summary I love this product. We have wanted to cancel our home phone service for years since no one calls us on our land line but we do not get good cell phone coverage on our main level and specially not in our basement. So we put the Xlink in our den and hooked it up to a multi-handset cordless phone. We charge our cell phones next to it and all our phones in the house ring when people call our cells phones. When we want to dial out its just like making a regular land line call. Its really cool and solved our problem. No more land lines for us!Updated
The xlink works with my new Iphone too. That is pretty cool.Updated
The xlink works with my new Iphone too. That is pretty cool.
Updated on Mar 19, 2009There is a newer BT gateway in the maket called Cell2tel. Its audio quality is better and cheaper than Xlink. It works with our without a landline www.cell2telgateway.com
Pros Save money by eliminating landline phone and replacing it almost seemlessly with cell phone service, can support up the 3 cell phones, configuration customizable and firmware upgradable using XWizard software.
Cons Sound quality only average, when calling out or receiving calls, there is a delay after picking up the phone, Bluetooth range very short.
Summary When we eliminated our landline service to save money, we first tried the cheaper Cobra Phonelynx, which had bluetooth pairing issues, so we sent it back and bought this device and it has not had those issues. We have it connected into our house phone wiring(the instructions explain how to do it), and all of our phones ring with a distinctive ring for each of our cellphones, and we can pick which cellphone we want to dial out through using the FLASH key on our landline phones.
The Xlink does have some quirks that take some adjusting to. For one, whenever dialing out or receiving a call, there is a 10-15 second delay before the call goes through. The bluetooth range is also very short, only a few feet or so before audio quality starts to degrade. The audio quality is good overall, but not great. The CallerID display will not always give full caller info depending on the cellphone.
All in all, I think the XLink is a good way to make the transition from landline to cellphone relatively seemless. The fact it can be upgraded and custom configured using Xwizard software is a nice plus it has over some of its competitors. In spite of its quirks, I recommend it.
Pros The XLink easily interfaces with your home cordless system whether you have landline service or not. It's wonderful when your cellphones connect!
Cons BAD NEWS! It does not connect to my 2 Samsung Captivates, rendering it useless. I now wonder what other cellphones it won't work with? That's an important question to answer before you buy or you'll risk pouring $100 down the drain!
Summary The XLink worked fine with my older Pantech, LG and Samsung 707(?) phones but not with the two new Samsung Captivates that I bought at Christmastime 2010. The XLink Gateway does not show up at all in the listing of bluetooth options when scanning on either cellphone. My phones do connect to other bluetooth items that I have. I just updated the firmware on 4/1/11 and it did not fix the problem. Early on I sent them an e-mail about my dilemma with no reply. With the latest firmware failing to help my situation, I sent them another e-mail. I look forward to a reply this coming week. I will hold judgement until then, but I have right now a $100 item that does me absolutely no good and is even too light to be a paperweight! If the problem is not taken care, I will have to give it no stars if that's possible. It would be best to contact them before purchasing to see if your cellphone model connects to it. Otherwise, establish a money back option in case it fails to work for you. If there is that policy they have not made it known to me yet. I need to give them a bit more time. I would rather keep it because it's a great product it works!