Cordless Phone Reviews and Ratings

Plantronics Calisto Pro
Cordless Headset Telephone for all Occasions

The Plantronics Calisto Pro is not for everyone. However if you spend 4 to 5 hours hours a day or more on the phone and speak over fixed line, cell phone and VoIP networks, it could well be the hands free phone of your dreams.

Calisto Pro Headset Telephone

Plantronics Calisto Pro
Calisto Pro

While the Plantronics CT14 is the right hands free device for small business and home phone users requiring the freedom to multi-task and walk about while speaking over landlines the Calisto Pro goes several steps further. It enables users to also speak over cell phone and VoIP networks as well and do so without changing headsets. Furthermore, as it uses a Bluetooth head set there are no wires to become entangled.

Plantronics Bluetooth Headset

The Plantronics cordless headset is a multi-point headset. It communicates with the Calisto DECT 6.0 phone to support landline conversations and can communicate with cell phones in the same way as any wireless cell phone headset. As a consequence users can wear the one headset all day without needing to swap hardware.

Plantronics cordless headset
Calisto Pro Headset

In the case of VoIP calls over Skype and other such networks the Calisto phone is connected to a PC via a supplied USB cable. As with calls over landlines users are untethered and free to continue using a VoIP phone service over a range of up to 300 feet from the base station.

Pros and Cons

The Calisto Pro is without doubt the most elegant cordless headset phone on the market. It also has more useful features than any of the alternatives. It's a successful merge of both Bluetooth and DECT 6.0 cordless phone technology. As such it delivers freedom of movement and is immune to most forms of cordless phone interference.

For most people the Plantronics Calisto-Pro is overkill. It's an expensive hands free device that can only be cost justified by those who live on the phone and need to regularly use a mix of fixed, cell phone and VoIP networks.

While most users give the Calisto Pro high ratings the two issues that cause the most angst are:

1. the keys are the smallest you will ever see; and

2. Mac support is a token and does not extend to OSX 10.6 or beyond.

Bottom Line

The Plantronics Calisto Pro is the coolest hands free cordless phone. It's not perfect, but it's the best option available for those who can justify the price tag.

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