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Voice Bridge forwards a home phone to a smartphone with no fees attachedInvoxia's VOIP box pushes landline calls to your smartphone for just $99.
Invoxia's Voice Bridge had a simple mission, to forward calls from a landline to your smartphone. Even better, it promises to do this with no monthly fee, which up until now has been a common trait for voice over IP products. The Voice Bridge costs $99 and the box is small enough that it can fit in the palm of your hand. It's a simple design and should be able to hide behind something. For example, your router. The box has an ethernet port, telephone jack, a micro USB port, and a reset button. The front has a small notification light. While simplicity is great, it can certainly make the product harder to set up. It took me two tries to get the Voice Bridge working Some issues arose when trying to connect to my VoiceBridge from my iPhone with the companion application. This is not where the product signs, the app is not as refined as the others, which sets out to be the same thing and more. It will get the job done, but at times it can take a while to make a phone call successfully. Plus when it rings and the phone is locked, a notification appears You can't answer it right from the lock screen. Instead, you have to unlock and open the app, which might result in missing the call. Missed calls can also happen if you have an answering machine, as you might pick it up but it might also take too long to connect and the machine might grab it before you can. For now, the VoiceBridge fulfilled it's promise of letting you take landline calls from your smart, But there are a few hurdles along the way. Then again, at $99 with no subscription fee and hopefully future updates and fixes, you can't complain about the price. [MUSIC]