Posted on 22-Nov-2005 08:39.
Filed under: News
RadioShack Corporation and Skype have started working together to distribute Skype-certified hardware and software in approximately 3,500 RadioShack stores. This makes RadioShack the first U.S. retailer to offer hardware and software for the Internet phone service.
According to Skype contacts, over 66 million people has joined the service since its launch in 2003, with an average of 175,000 new people joining each day. People with Internet connectivity can load Skype's free software enabling unlimited, high-quality voice calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world.
Skype runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC platforms. Skype also offers premium services providing enhanced functionality for its users to make calls to regular phones.
Skype-certified phones and headsets at RadioShack include the Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset (pictured) and PC850 USB Adapter bundled in the Internet Calling Kit, a RadioShack limited exclusive with a suggested price of US$99.99. The Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit also includes 30 free SkypeOut minutes so users can make Skype calls to mobile and landline phones.
Other options include the Linksys CIT200 Skype-enabled Cordless Internet Telephony Kit, Logitech Premium USB Headset 250, and the VoIP Voice Cyberphone K USB Internet phone.
The Skype Starter Pack, priced at US$4.99 until 24 December 2005, allows consumers to get started with free Skype software, a Skype-enabled headset and 30 SkypeOut minutes to place calls to telephones outside the Skype system, including landlines and mobile numbers.