Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Greg0
Swissvoice ePure Mobile: iPhone, Meet Landline
If you still have a landline at home, you’re becoming an endangered species. For most young people, cellphones have replaced landlines completely, thanks to the massive changes and improvements in mobile technology. That’s no surprise to anyone paying attention- answering machines and long distance have hopefully gone the way of the dodo, and won’t be missed all that much. But even if the function of of old telephones can be replaced, the form cannot so readily- you don’t want to carry a big phone with you, but it’s nice to hold one while you’re sitting at a desk or in the house.
That’s precisely what the Swissvoice ePure Mobile offers, along with a retractable docking station for your iPhone 4S or older (30-pin connector) and a wireless Bluetooth connection for your smartphone. They also offer an alternate model for general smartphones, though no iPhone 5 or newer version appeared available yet. There are two parts- the cradle and the handset, and each is made from sleek matte black plastic. You can use it as either an actual old-school phone-like add-on for your cellular device, or as a Bluetooth speakerphone.
As with most newer Bluetooth devices, pairing is simple. We did have to pair our devices again once or twice, but it’s easy to do so. The ePure looks great on a desk, and feels well-built and comfortable, not too heavy in the hand or so light that you’ll knock it over. You can play music or movies or games and there isn’t much lag. The range is a little less than some other Bluetooth devices, but still enough for most any same-room usage.
One of the key listed features is one that we can’t really test or offer much opinion on- they claim that “Fulleco technology allows ePure mobile accessories to reduce the amount of electromagnetic waves absorbed by the human body” as “there is evidence that emissions absorbed by the brain reduce by 400 percent when the distance between the body and the mobile phone user increases”. It certainly can’t hurt! We found the audio quality quite solid when using the handset, and decent on the speakerphone, though folks on the other end of a call did report some hissing and noise. It isn’t a noise-canceling set with multiple microphones; we wouldn’t suggest office conference calls around it. The controls are a bit awkward- not on the base, but on the handset, and a little hard to reach. Our only major complaint was the blinking lighting and the somewhat-annoying sounds, neither of which appeared controllable or disable…able?
It’s cute, clever, fun, and a unique gift- perfect for students. The Swissvoice ePure is available now for around $150, in stores and online.