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Functions, Pricing & Availability

You can get a feel for the CIT200's functions by reading through the very terse "manual" (Figure 8). Features include the expected ability to dial by number or by selecting an active Skype contact, phonebook number storage and ability to change your Skype online status.

You can also see reference to an "Intercom" key and menu, which implies support for direct phone-to-phone communication.

Functional summary

Figure 8: Functional summary
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The Ascalade and Linksys FCC docs both were posted within the past week, but availability is anyone's guess. A search of the online shopping engines and Froogle turned up empty so it's a safe guess that the product isn't going to make the back-to-school buying period. But unless something happens to take Skype out of play, my guess is that we might see the CIT200 available for this year's holiday buying period.

Since the CIT200 doesn't support both regular landline and Skype calling, I'll again guess that Linksys will price it lower than the $140 that the Dualphone commands. The $100 price point is always a good place to stay below for "impulse" purchases, so I think it will end up someplace south of there.

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