There are plenty of people who are using their mobile number as their primary means of contact and opting to do away with a landline phone. However, cell phones don't always have the best signal in every part of the house, and the comfort of using regular desk telephones can't be beat. The Intellitouch Xlink Cellular Bluetooth Gateway lets you connect your cell phone to a normal telephone--even a cordless one--so you can have the best of both worlds. Simply park your cell phone where it has the best signal, pair it with the Xlink , plug the Xlink into a cordless phone station, and you can then make and receive calls via your cellular line from anywhere in the house from your regular cordless phone. Best of all, the Xlink can be paired with as many as three cell phones, so multiple household members can make use of it too. The Xlink is available for $150. To find more accessories like this, plus tips on how to use them, please check out our cell phone accessories help page.
The Xlink takes the form of a rather unassuming black box. It measures 4.52x1.77x4.40 inches and looks almost like a small external modem. On the front of it are the power and error lights, and on the top are three buttons that correspond to different cell phone lines, marked with one dot, two dots, and three dots. These buttons light up in blue when activated. On its side are the phone jack, the charger jack, and a USB port. Though optional, you can connect the USB port to your computer for firmware upgrades and adjusting certain configurations such as ringing patterns, tones, and voltages (compatible with North American, South American, Asian, and European standards).
Setting the Xlink up is really easy. Simply attach the unit to a power supply, connect it to your regular desk telephone (whether corded or cordless) via a phone cable, and the first line button (Line 1) will start flashing. At this point, you should set your Bluetooth-enabled phone to its pairing mode, and it will immediately detect "XTech Gateway" in a list of devices. Pair it with the 1234 pairing code, hit connect, and you're good to go. If you wish to pair a second cell phone, simply press another line button (in our case, we picked Line 2), and hold it until the button starts flashing rapidly. Then you can pair the devices just as you did the first one. Repeat the process for the third line.
In our case, we paired all three lines to the LG Prada, the T-Mobile Sidekick 3, and the Samsung SPH-M510 to Line 1, Line 2, and Line 3, respectively. We managed to make, receive, and end calls with our regular desk telephone without any problems. As long as all three cell phones are in range, incoming calls to all phones will route to the one desk telephone we used. The Xlink will always use the lowest line number by default for outgoing calls, so in our case, all outgoing calls were made via the LG Prada's line. If you want to make outgoing calls via another cellular line instead, you have to dial the corresponding line number, then hit the "Flash" key on the telephone. However, if any of the cell phones are not within range of the Xlink (it has a range of about 50 feet), a rapid series of beeps will sound, indicating that the line is not available for outgoing calls.