Ion unveils cellphone accessories for home phone replacement, speakerphones

If you've cancelled your home phone service, but still yearn for handsets peppered throughout the house, Ion's Bluetooth Cordless Phone Station could fill that void. Slotting a cellphone into the base, which also functions as a charger, allows a trio of satellite handsets to make calls using the docked device via Bluetooth and DECT 6.0 tech. If design and conference calls ares on your mind, Ion's rolled also out a saucer-shaped speakerphone system dubbed Talking Point. The glossy disc connects to smartphones via Bluetooth, packs a top-facing speaker and multiple microphones for capturing audio from several directions. Also tagging along is the Phone Station Plus, which packs stereo speakers, an LCD display and condenser mic, and allows Bluetooth-enabled cellphones to use it as a speakerphone rig. Journey past the jump for the press release, glamour shots and a handful of hands-on photos.

Update: We've spoken to the folks at Ion and Talking Point is estimated to arrive this June carrying a $149.99 price tag. The outfit's Bluetooth Cordless Phone Station is penciled in for a September arrival and is set to ring up at $99. As for the Speaker Phone Plus, it's already available out in the wild.

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ION'S NEW TALKING POINT TURNS ANY SMARTPHONE INTO A CONFERENCE CALL SYSTEM

With its sleek design, large speaker, and four built-in microphones, Talking Point is the perfect hands-free phone solution for the home or office.
Cumberland, R.I. (January 8, 2013) – ION, a leader in consumer audio and entertainment technology, announces Talking Point, a tabletop Bluetooth speaker system that turns virtually any mobile phone into a high-quality conference phone. ION will exhibit Talking Point at Central Hall Booth 11604 at the 2013 CES show in Las Vegas from January 8-11.

With society's ever-increasing dependency on smartphones for everything from watching movies and playing games, to instant business meetings, email, and trading stocks, ION's Talking Point seeks to be the solution to a chronic smartphone problem: frustrating speakerphone conversations.

Whether it's a parent at home running around the kitchen or a young entrepreneur running their new business, Talking Point provides the crystal-clear hands-free phone solution for any user. Gone are the days of repeating yourself over and over and listening to poor-quality tiny speakers. ION's Talking Point equips any Bluetooth phone, including iPhone and Android smartphones, with a large top-facing speaker and multiple built-in microphones that capture voices from any angle.

"It's a simple-yet-powerful product that's very easy to use and has one goal: crystal-clear calls," said Wendy Fortin, ION Product Manager. "Whether you're at home and have your hands full preparing dinner, or you're in the office jotting down notes during an important call, with Talking Point, you'll hear and be heard loud and clear."

At CES, ION will also unveil an innovative Bluetooth Cordless Phone System, the world's first home phone system built specifically for smartphones. The system consists of a base and three handsets. The base connects to the users smartphone via Bluetooth while also cradling and charging the smartphone. The three handsets use the smartphone's capabilities by connecting to the base via DECT 6.0 technology for crisp, clear sound.

Both Talking Point and the Bluetooth Cordless Phone System will be on display at Central Hall Booth 11604 at the 2013 CES show in Las Vegas from January 8-13.

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Ion unveils cellphone accessories for home phone replacement, speakerphones