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Sample ImageYahoo has chosen a partner in the great internet telephone dance, taking Linksys' arm to come up with a dual-mode cordless phone. The CIT310 functions as a regular phone by tapping into a landline connection.

As an extra function, it allows users to make and receive low-cost voice calls over the internet using Yahoo's internet Messenger software.

The phone includes the ability to display and search through the list of Yahoo Messenger contacts and any calls to those users are free.

Users have the flexibility to instantly switch over from VoIP to a traditional landline phone service with the touch of a button.

A USB base station gives people the freedom to roam away from the PC and into other rooms.

The service, which has launched in the US, also offers the chance to search for local business information using Yahoo Local Search and call a contact from the results.

Weather information can similarly be accessed through a weather search setting.

A full charge on the battery offers up to 100 hours of standby time and up to 10 hours of talk

The CIT310 is available in the US now at a recommended price of $99.99 (around £52).