By Crayton Harrison
The Dallas Morning News
The gadget allows you to make and receive cellphone calls using your
home phone, whether you pay for a home phone line or not.
The Dock-N-Talk connects, via an everyday phone cord, to a home phone or
to a phone jack on the wall. It also connects to a cellphone via a
special adapter cord or a Bluetooth wireless connection.
When everything's linked properly, incoming calls to the cellphone will
ring on the connected home phone. If the Dock-N-Talk is connected to a
phone jack, the incoming call will travel through the jack on the wall
to phones that are connected to the same line. Outgoing calls work the
If you have a home phone line, it's a little more complicated to connect
the Dock-N-Talk to the wiring in your house. You'll have go to an
electronics store and pick up some simple adapters to split your phone
jacks, then put some phones on a second line.
I have a home phone line and didn't have that extra equipment, so I just
tried the gadget's most basic feature, plugging my cordless home phone
directly into it. I also synced it to my Bluetooth-capable phone, which
recognized the device as if it were a wireless headset.
I picked up my home phone and pressed the on button. After a second, a
dial tone came on. I dialed a friend's number, then pressed the pound
key, which simulates the send key on the cellphone.
The call went through just as if I had dialed it on my cellphone. My
friend said my voice sounded muffled, but that may have been the fault
of my cordless phone, which is several years old. Her voice sounded as
clear as it normally does on my cellphone.
The Dock-N-Talk was certainly handy. I found it far more comfortable to
have long conversations with friends and family using my home phone
instead of my tiny cellphone or an earbud. And I was still able to take
advantage of the free long-distance minutes in my wireless plan.
Pros: Allows you to put the cellphone in a spot with reception, leave it
there, and wander the house with a cordless land-line phone.
Cons: Setting the device up to work on a second line requires extra
Bottom line: If you're on the fence about cutting the cord, this might
push you over.