MAC VOICE & VIDEO CHAT SOLUTIONS FOR OS X
SKYPE PHONES FOR MAC VOIP : USB & WiFiWith free voice and excellent cross-platform Mac to PC video chat - as well as low-cost SkypeOut plans for Unlimited Calls to Landlines - Skype for Mac is a great way to begin to experience VOIP's advantages at no-cost - Or add very affordable minutes to call around the US - or the globe. Avoid outrageous per-minute local telco calling - or the hassles of using pre-paid calling cards. Instant integration with Apple's OSX AddressBook makes loading up your entire contact list into Skype a snap. USB IP Phones for Mac such as the Ipevo 2 let you interact directly with your contact list on it's LCD screen and let you make calls free of having to interact with your Apple computer display.
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|Ipevo Free.2 Phone
LCD Display For Mac 10.4+ And Call Recording
|No Computer Needed
Skype 802.11 Wireless
Hotspot Call Access
OSX Lepoard Call Recording Software For Mac
MAC HEADSETS WITH MICROPHONES FOR VOIPYour Macs built-in mic and speakers may do in a pinch, but it's not enough to have a truly clear, echo-free VOIP long distance call experience. You'd really have to be able to control Sound Output and Microphone Input levels very quickly in OSX System Preferences to compensate for feedback. For superior sound quality and clear voice communications, explore these Macintosh compatible wired and wireless stereo headsets for the best Mac VOIP chat experience and high fidelity music listening!
Stereo VOIP and Skype Headsets for MacFor quality audio monitoring or recording Podcast and voice-over work on your Mac computer - these stereo USB headsets with built-in microphone can fit the bill - and your budget.
|Sennheiser USB Headsets||Comfort Headset Microphone||Best-Selling Head-Set|
|In-Line Volume & Mic Mute
Behind The Head
|Plantronics Stereo USB
Flip-Up Microphone Mute
|Apple Chat Headset
Logitech Pro USB w/Mic
Wireless Bluetooth Mac Headset Options
|Stereo Headset USB+Analog||Wireless Stereo Hi-Fi w/Mic||BlueTooth Wireless Headset|
|Plantronics Mac Headset
Analog + USB Adapter
|Lightweight Sony Headset
Bluetooth w/ Microphone
|Kensington Bluetooth VOIP
Affordable Stereo BT w/Mic
IMPORTANT FYI: MAC COMPUTERS & 1.8" ANALOG PLUG MICROPHONESIt's critical to know a Mac compatible USB headset with microphone is the BEST choice for Mac VOIP users. Analog-Only headsets are NOT. The 1.8" audio input jack on recent Mac computers is LINE-LEVEL Analog, NOT MICROPHONE-LEVEL. So the vast majority of Analog PC microphones simply will _NOT_ work, they don't send a strong enough signal for your Mac to 'hear'. Quite a few wired headsets however come bundled with a USB to 1/8" Analog dongle to convert a headset to USB digital - and those work fine. Ideally, a pure USB headset with a direct USB plug on the end is a Macintosh users best option. For example, the Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset is an excellent option.
APPLE COMPATIBLE WEBCAMS FOR VIDEO CHAT & VOIPDriverless UVC - USB 2.0 Video Class web cams with microphones are the smart choice for OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopoard owners who don't have a built-in iSight and are looking for instant webcam compatibility with all the major OSX video-conferencing and VOIP programs: Ranging from Mac Skype to iChat to Yahoo Messenger 3 to Mac SIP soft-phone software and beyond. It's important to note most - but not all - webcams have a mic built-in. These do:
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|Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro
Hardware AutoFocus & RightLight2
|Blue UVC Webcam
1.3MP Cam + Superlative Condenser Mic
|Awesome Image & Light Response + Microphone
HP 2MP Webcam Great Low Price
SoftPhones: SIP Software For MacSee the Mac VOIP News page for Apple OSX SIP - Session Initiation Protocol based software phones to use with any number of VOIP providers. Manage all your calls directly onscreen with a 'virtual' SIP phone application. But even traditional SIP soft-phone applications are getting virtualized -- right into web-pages! Here's an example of a
Try a Sample Free VOIP Call: Enter 'skype_echo123' into the phone # area and click on the Green 'Off-Hook' phone icon. This will call the Skype Test Call number where you can experience a call. Leave a voice message and press # when finished to hear your test recording play back. Pretty neat!
Ethernet & Wireless WiFi VOIP Skype PhonesThere are a handful of cross-platform PC and Mac WiFi Skype phones that don't need your Mac or Windows computer at all. In short, they run a special version of Skype built-in to the phone's operating system. Typically around $130 in price for WiFi models, you may need to make ALOT of calls to justify the payback on the money you'd save in long-distance. Still they give a tremendous amount of freedom to call anywhere in range of an open or password protected Wi-Fi network. Do note that these phones from Ipevo, Belkin, Netgear - lack a built-in web browser: For connecting to some networks such as at Starbucks or at an airport - this can be a show-stopper with no way to log-in for pay internet access.
One of the challenges of WiFi Skype phones for Mac owners is because these are hardware based, bugs in the IP phone OS may need to be done via a software or firmware update - often needing to be run on a Windows PC. You may find ower-cost Ethernet connected VOIP phones are more straightforward, cheaper, and like any WIRED device - a bit more reliable and need less futzing.
Ipevo S0-20 WiFi Skype Phone Kit Here's a complete wireless 802.11 phone for at home - or on the road with included AC and Car charger kits. Call anywhere there's open wireless access - or key in the password for protected networks. You can also save and search for your favorite known networks for quick connection. Do note, many WiFi phones DO NOT have a built-in web-browser. So Pay-For networks like you might encounter at an airport with signup screens cannot be used.