There is no denying that the landline is a dying breed, but Swissvoice would argue this is not because it is obsolete. Their solution? Bridge the two technologies with a device aptly called the VoiceBridge.
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Swissvoice VoiceBridge brings the landline to your smartphone [CES 2014]

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There is no denying that the landline is a dying breed, but Swissvoice would argue this is not because it is obsolete. Rather, it is because the form factor of the typical landline does not provide us with the same depth of experience as an iPhone (or iPad, iPod, or even Android device). Their solution? Bridge the two technologies with a device aptly called the VoiceBridge.

The VoiceBridge, a nondescript box, site between the telephone line and a WiFi router, intercepting the signal and streaming it to a smartphone via an iOS app. The benefit, of course, is that receiving and making calls using a landline now comes via the same device that is used for email, text messaging, web surfing, gaming, etc.. All the while, connecting VoiceBridge won’t interrupt the use of standard wired handsets around your house.

Is the concept enough to save the landline? Considering that smartphones not only provide a more inviting outlet for communication but also reduce the need for multiple lines and therefor a second (or third) phone bill, the fate of the wired telephone still seems sealed. However, while many are not opening new landlines, older generations aren’t cutting the cord just yet.

The app still lacks full functionality, including the ability to interact with voicemail for a landline phone via the iPhone interface. Swissvoice says they are currently investigating this possibility and hopes to implement it in a future version of the software.

The Swissvoice VoiceBridge will be available for purchase online and through various retails outlets in the US at a price of $79.99. While that money might be better spent on an Apple TV, the technology provides a simple, seamless solution for those looking for a way to close the gap.

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  • johndhynes

    Comcast gives me this ability for free through its Xfinity Connect app.