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WiFi Skype Phone

NETGEAR today announced pricing information and pre-order availability for the new NETGEAR Skype WiFi phone (model SPH101). This will be the first device said to be certified to make mobile Internet telephony a reality for Skype users worldwide. The phone can be pre-ordered now exclusively online at an MSRP of $249.99.
The SPH101 is the first Skype-Certified device to allow consumers to make unlimited free domestic and international calls to other Skype users over a wireless network without having to be tied to a PC. The WiFi phone will work anywhere in the world where a user has a secured or open access to a WiFi network.
The device comes pre-loaded with Skype software and ready out-of-the-box to use with a wireless network. The device's intuitive on-screen color menu shows saved Skype contacts and their online availability for easy communications, similar to the PC experience.

Too bad that the phone does not allow you to connect to any SIP proxy; I would be buying a dozen.


Skype hits 100M subscriber mark

These are amazing numbers... Skype is great (and I don't use it much, hehe) ... but free peer-to-peer VoIP with a 100 million network sounds like a great deal to me.

Skype said Friday that it now has more than 100 million registered users of its free Internet-based calling service, nearly double the number of registered users it had in September 2005.

Skype, which is only two-and-a-half years old, is a peer-to-peer software service that lets people make phone calls from their PCs to other PCs anywhere in the world for free. The service works by turning voice signals into IP packets and sending them directly over the public Internet. Last year, Skype was bought by eBay in a deal valued between $2.5 billion and $4 billion. When the merger was announced in September, Skype had 54 million registered users.


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