By Tom Martino
(04.18.05) HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT SWAPPING YOUR HOME PHONE SERVICE WITH A CELL PHONE. BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD HAVE BOTH WITHOUT DOUBLING THE PRICE?
TROUBLESHOOTER TOM MARTINO PUTS THE "DOCK N TALK" TO THE TEST...
ROB PHILLIPS IS DISCONNECTING HIS HOME PHONE LINE.
YOU SEE, HE WON'T NEED IT.. IF.. THE NEW DOCK-N-TALK DOES ITS JOB.
THIS 140-DOLLAR UNIT IS SUPPOSE TO MAKE YOUR CELL PHONE POWER UP ALL YOUR HOME PHONES.
"it would be excellent because I wouldn't be chasing around looking for my cell phone wondering where my child hid it and I could dock it and pick up any phone in the house."
BUT WILL IT BE THAT EASY? OF COURSE THE WIFE READS THE DIRECTIONS... AND LIKE ANY GOOD COUPLE -- ERIN AND ROB LOVE DOING PROJECTS TOGETHER.
erin: "do you want me to point to where it goes or can you figure that out."
robb: "I'm going to go with right there...alrighty."
UNFORTUNATELY, ROB AND ERIN'S CELL PHONES ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE DOCK-N-TALK, BUT WE FOUND ONE AT THAT SHOULD WORK.
"hello? hi honey, yep it's working."
"there is a little echo here go in the bedroom...kicking me out again...can you hear me now?"
THEY BOTH SAY IT SOUNDS FINE. SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND -- WHILE YOU'RE TALKING ON YOUR HOME PHONE, YOU'RE ALSO BURNING CELL MINUTES.
WE GIVE THE DOCK-N-TALK -- FAME. BUT REMEMBER, YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE ONE OF FOUR-HUNDRED COMPATIBLE CELL PHONES TO USE THE DEVICE.
I'M TROUBLESHOOTER TOM MARTINO,FOX31 NEWS. THE DOCK-N-TALK IS MADE BY PHONE LABS. IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE IF YOUR CELL PHONE IS COMPATIBLE -- LOG ONTO FOX-31-NEWS-DOT-COM AND WE'LL LINK YOU TO THE COMPANY'S WEB SITE.