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Yahoo, Linksys Partner On Cordless VoIP Phone

The new cordless phone lets people make calls over a landline and a broadband Internet connection.

Yahoo Inc. and Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc., said Thursday they have partnered on a new cordless phone that enables calling on a landline and over a broadband Internet connection.

The dual-mode CIT310, manufactured by Linksys, leverages Yahoo's voice-over-Internet protocol service.

The phone's base station plugs into a PC's USB port to make calls over a high-speed Internet connection. Switching between landline and VoIP service is done through a button.

To make use of Internet telephony, a person would have to subscribe to the Yahoo Phone Out service. Besides making calls, the device gives people access to their Yahoo contact list, and the portal's local search for finding businesses. There's also an option for getting weather forecasts.

The CIT310 is available through Amazon.com, and is expected to be available through other online retailers later this month. The estimated street price is $100.

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