Tuesday, January 3, 2006

NETGEAR Supplies Skype WiFi Mobile Phone

NETGEAR unveiled a Wi-Fi mobile telephone optimized for Skype.

The Skype WiFi phone will connect to Skype over a wireless Internet access point in a home, office, cafe, open public hotspot, or any open municipal wireless access point being deployed worldwide.

The NETGEAR phone is pre-loaded with Skype's software. All a user needs to do after turning on the phone is enter a Skype username and password. The Skype software pulls up the user's full contact list, displays the connection status on the phone screen, and allows the consumer to connect to any other Skype user for free. The phone will also allow users to connect to non-Skype users with the SkypeOut feature.

Pricing and availability have not been disclosed.


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