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Freetalk ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter, $40
There are countless ways to use Skype, the free Internet phone service: say, with a headset connected to your computer or as an iPhone app. The Freetalk ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter is a smart innovation because it works with a standard desk phone. First, you connect the adapter to your router using an Ethernet cable. Then, you connect a standard phone. To call those who are not using Skype, you have to use Skype’s paid landline service, but the adapter comes with 60 minutes of free landline calling. A $60 version includes a one-year plan. Even though the product is intended for home use, it works fine with a business router at work.