Philips and NETGEAR Introduce Skype Phones That Won't Need a PC
Posted on 1-Sep-2006 09:36.
Filed under: News
Skype has announced cordless phones that do not require a running computer to be used with the popular VoIP (Voice over IP) service. This new class of phone enables Skype users to make and receive both Skype calls over the Internet and traditional landline calls, without a computer, offering the added convenience of a cordless phone.
The first series of products to be launched in this class are the Philips VOIP841 cordless phone (pictured) and NETGEAR’s cordless phone for Skype.
Cordless phones offer increased mobility throughout the home or office, giving consumers the freedom and flexibility of not being tethered to their computer. Also, consumers with multiple cordless phone handsets in their home have the ability to hold separate conversations simultaneously (one on Skype, the second on the traditional line) each from a different handset.
Both the Philips and NETGEAR cordless phones have Skype running on them out of the box, and they can act as a replacement for an ordinary cordless phone, because they can make and receive traditional telephone calls through the landline line connection.
Existing Skype users can sign into their account, downloading all their contacts to the cordless phone. Users also have the ability to search for Skype contacts directly on the phone, and add them to an integrated contact list for both Skype contacts and traditional phone numbers.
The Philips and NETGEAR cordless phones will be Skype Certified. The Skype certification is designed to reassure users that products will be easy to use, and will work well with Skype software. Skype Certified hardware products undergo rigorous testing for more than a month to ensure that they meet Skype’s high usability and technical quality standards.
Premium Skype features, including SkypeOut, SkypeIn, and Skype Voicemail will all be accessible through the phone.
The cordless phones for Skype are acccompanied by a remote DECT base station that plugs into both the broadband connection and the traditional phone line. The system handles both Skype and ordinary calls in one phone, presented through an easy-to-use, user interface. Both the Philips and NETGEAR cordless phones boast a full color graphic display, simplified calling features with an integrated contact list, and an enhanced speakerphone with great voice clarity.