Posted on 5-Jan-2006 14:27
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Negear, Inc. and Skype have announced they are working on a family of new products, including the a Skype wireless mobile phone and a router equipped to optimize Skype.
Unlike other devices that must connect with a PC, Netgear’s Skype WiFi phone will work wherever a consumer is connected to a wireless Internet access point, be that in a home, office, cafe, or open public hotspot. The Skype experience remains the same, in that users can make free domestic and international calls, as well as host conference calls and chat, with other Skype users anywhere in the world, and to non-Skype users for a small fee.
With this device, headphones or USB phones plugged into a laptop or PC are not required.
The Netgear phone is pre-loaded with Skype’s software, ready out-of-the-box to use with a wireless network. 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. More information on Netgear’s Skype WiFi phone, including pricing and availability, is planned for the first quarter of 2006.
The Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router (WPN824) with Smart MIMO technology will be equipped to optimize Skype, adapting to changing wireless conditions. The routers dynamically avoid interference from neighboring wireless networks and eliminate dead spots to maintain a reliable, high-performance, long-range network connection to each client.