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Starcom F1000 for Vonage review

Somewhat lacking in the looks department

Our Verdict

Despite its dated looks the F1000 hints at the potential of true WiFi VoIP. Tragic interface, however.

For

  • True Wi-Fi phone

    Good with open access points

Against

  • Dreadful interface

    Dated looks

It's fair to say that this Vonage unit has all the visual appeal of a mid-nineties Motorola. School children would laugh if you popped this out at a train station hotspot. The interface is a grey on orange LCD, and the keypad sticks and rocks in a truly unnerving way.

Yet for all its visual deficiencies, it is a true WiFi phone. The F1000 connects to your PC via USB and scans for your account details and settings.

Open access points are a cinch to make calls through, but WEP-enabled networks are a different story - though possible to connect to, the dreadful interface makes it almost impossible to enter a key, which means this isn't a phone for the local Starbucks or hotel room call. Tom Dennis