XACT XVP640 iVo Internet Telephone, retail $23.89 (www.amazon.com...)
Manufactured by Unknown for Xact Techlology (www.xactcommunication.com)
Last updated 03-01-11

This telephone looks a lot like a cellular telephone handset, but when you fire this baby off, it will (or *MAY* anyway) give you your first taste of internet telephony (pronounced "tel EFF" eh nee", not "tel uh FOAN' ee").

The XACT XVP640 iVo Internet Telephone uses VOIP (Voice Over IP) to allow you to make and receive telephone calls with a broadband internet connection like DSL or cable, and a VOIP telephone service like Skype™.

It plugs directly into any of your computer's USB ports, and has a generous cord length of 54.50"(~138.50cm).

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the XACT XVP640 iVo Internet Telephone, first plug it into any free USB receptacle on your computer. If you're using Windows XP, it should automatically "install" itself.

Then, pop the included "baby" CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. In many cases, the driver installation program will automatically start. You should then see a screen like this in your internet browser:

From this point, you should choose "Install Internet Phone Driver". Follow the prompts, and you'll be finished shortly thereafter. It is a rather quick & painless process.

I chose to also install the Skype™ software, because that's the service I intended to use this product with.

There are several ways to call another Skype™ user:
  1. Use the "Up" or "Down" key on this telephone handset to select a name from the Contacts List or Call History log on the Skype™ software page.
    Once a name is selected, click on the "Call" icon on the screen or press the "OK" key on the handset itself to make the call.
  2. From the textbox (on the Skype™ software page), enter the Skype name of another Skype user and press ENTER.
  3. Double-click the Skype name.
  4. The yellow-green LED on the handset will turn on, indicating a call in progress.
Calls to and from a regular telephone:
Incoming and outgoing calls to a regular land line telephone require a subscription from Skype™ (please see www.skype.com/store). Once you have subscribed to Skype-in™ or Skype-out™ you can send and/or receive calls from a land line telephone. Long-distance charges may apply to calls outside your local calling area.

Answering a Call and Disconecting a Call:
When an incoming call comes into your XACT USB telephone, you can answer it by pressing the "OK" button on the handset.
When finished, you "hang up" by pressing the "C" button on the handset.

This product draws all of the power it requires directly from your computer's USB port, so I do not have to tell you which part to remove, huck into the swamp so that a pissed off alligator or caiman uranates all over it, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

This is an internet telephone handset, not a flashlight designed to be thrashed, bashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a front porch in effort to try and expose the bare Metalvenommyotismon - er - the bare Metalsatamon - um that's not it either...the bare Metaldevimon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!), let my mother's big dog's ghost or my sister's kitty cats spring a leak (uranate) on it, hose it down with a gun, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a small sledgehammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it.

Therefore, this section of the telephone's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight

Photograph of the unit's LCD.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the "Power" LED in this telphone.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the "Call in progress" LED in this tephone.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Windows WAVE file (.WAV extension) allowing you to hear the telephone (or "telephony" {pronounced "tel uh FOAN' ee"}) ringing.
This file is ~0.10MB (104,463 bytes) in length.

Windows WAVE file (.WAV extension) allowing you to hear me say "Testing 1, 2, 3" and the same voice through the telephone itelf.
This file is ~25KB (25,826 bytes) in length.

Test unit of this plus several other products was sent by J.R. of Arizona on 01-03-11 (or "03 Jan 2011" or even "Jan. 03 Twenty Double Sticks" if you prefer) and was received at 5:08pm PST on 01-10-11 (or "10 Jan 2011" or even "Jan. 10 Twenty Double Sticks").

UPDATE: 01-17-11
A number of times now, I've seen the icon for this phone in the system tray doing something not-so-nice...here, let's show you with some screen dumps of my Windows XP system tray with this telephone's icon highlighted:

This is what it looks like when it's working properly.

This is what you see when you unplug the telephone from the USB port -- again, this is what you're suppose to see.

And this is the icon "misbehaving" -- although you can still make & receive phone calls, the handset does not ring when an incoming call is present.
I've found that only performing a "System Restore" to the day the hardware & software was installed or to the last day the setup was known to function properly will correct this.

UPDATE: 01-18-11
This is proof that I have to do a Windows System Restore to get this phone to work again:

UPDATE: 01-21-11
If the handset is unplugged beforehand any time you need to restart your pee-cee, and plugged back in *AFTER* the Skype icon in your system tray turns green after the reboot and subsequent connection to your broadband internet connection, the chances of the unit connecting properly appear to be quite good.

UPDATE: 01-22-11
The above-described procedure is *NOT* a panacea ("cure-all"); it simply increases your chance of having a successful connection -- so don't be a bit surprised to still see the dreadful "question mark" icon appear in your system tray after doing this.

UPDATE: 03-01-11
This is a message I often see when I restart the computer:

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for Xact Technology
    PRODUCT TYPE: VOIP (internet) telephone
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm diffused LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 each red & yellow-green)
    SWITCH TYPE: Multiple momentary pushbuttons
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance only
    ACCESSORIES: Installation software mini-CD
    SIZE: 126mm L x 50mm W x 28mm D
    WEIGHT: Unknown/not equipped to weigh
    WARRANTY: One year


    Product is not intended to be used as a light emitter,
    so the conventional "star" rating will not be used.

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