The reason for all the cables is that the DUALphone works as both a Skype phone and as an ordinary telephone that can work with your landline.
The DUALphone looks and works just like an ordinary cordless telephone, but its base station has two sockets – one for your telephone landline and another for an Ethernet cable, which allows you to connect it to the internet via a home or office network. When you want to dial a number the DUALphone then asks if you want to use Skype or your landline to make the call.
It’s dead handy – especially for self-employed or small business users, as it saves you having to sit with two handsets on your desk while you’re working. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t include a built-in answerphone.