NetGear Introduces Mobile Skype Phone

Earlier this week, NetGear introduced the first-ever mobile Skype WiFi phone, the SPH101, which will work at any wireless hotspot. No longer will you need a computer to use Skype, and the process of using it has gotten a whole lot simpler.

“To date, a certain level of computer literacy has been necessary to get Skype up and running,” said Leif-Olof Wallin, an analyst at Gartner, a technology research firm. 

With the introduction of the Skype phone, the level of technical expertise is reduced, thus opening up the market for a potentially larger audience of users.

To use the Skype phone, you will not have to manually log into your account. An on-screen color menu saves all of your contacts, and indicates who is or is not online.  You simply select an available contact and make the call.

Skype-based phone calls are free between Skype users, and for an added you may also call a regular landline or mobile phone number.  Also available for extra fees are voicemail, call forwarding, and custom ringtones.

The phone supports 802.11b/g WiFi hotspots, and has an MSRP of $249.99.  It is not currently available in stores, but can be preordered through NetGear.  The first shipment is expected to go out in June.

3 Comments

  1. JuggoPopJuggoPop05-05-2006

    I have a feeling this is going to be a popular format of cell phone service in the near future.

  2. JulieJulie05-05-2006

    Especially when cities are blanketed in WiFi access!

  3. Kitchen DesignerKitchen Designer05-21-2006

    A most excellent idea. I want one!

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