Philips to Introduce New VoIP Handsets for Skype and MSN Messenger
Posted on 28-Jun-2006 19:36
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Philips Electronics is teaming with Skype and Microsoft Corp. to present two new Internet telephony phones, the Skype VOIP321 (pictured) and Windows Live Messenger (LM) VOIP433.
The devices were shown first time during the CES 2006 in Las Vegas, and showcased again during the Philips’ 2006 CE Line Show/Holidays.
The new cordless phones have dual functionality so consumers can make free Voice over Internet Protocal (VoIP) calls, as well as ordinary landline calls.
The Skype VOIP321 and Windows LM VOIP433 phones, launching in the U.S. in July and September 2006, operate on Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telephone (DECT) technology. The new DECT technology enhances the sound and security available in a cordless phone. Consumers will experience crystal clear sound and reduced noise interference with the new DECT technology.
The VOIP321 was developed to combine the key benefits of Skype with the Philips’ home cordless technology. Skype’s rich features include free worldwide calls, conferencing with other Skype users, Skype Instant Messaging and file transfer.
Users can make and receive calls on both Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and VoIP networks from a single handset. The new VOIP321 allows consumers to view who is online anywhere in the home by simply looking at the cordless phone display. The handset allows specific polyphonic ring tones to distinguish Skype and landline calls.
Designed for Microsoft, the VOIP433 Dual Phone enables consumers to easily call and connect to anyone listed on their Windows LM contact list with the simple click of a button. Consumers will have three calling choices: free PC-to-PC calling through Windows LM allowing users to place and receive voice calls; MCI Web Calling offering Windows LM users a low-cost PC-to-phone outbound calling option; and traditional landline phone service.
The VOIP433’s color screen takes the consumer experience to the next level by allowing users to see their friends’ online presence, displaying dynamic Windows LM icons, and delivering notification options on the cordless handset, even when users are away from their PC.