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Skype rolls out Wi-Fi phones

Posted: 24 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Skype? Wi-Fi? phone? Internet communication?

Skype, an Internet communications company, announced collaboration with hardware partners to deliver the first Wi-Fi phones for Skype software.

"We want to give people the freedom to move around while talking and have access to Skype wherever they arewhether in front of a computer or while moving around the home or office," said Stefan Oberg, general manager hardware for Skype. "Now people can make wireless Internet calls and enjoy the great Skype cost savings and sound quality free of a computer."

According to Skype, its Wi-Fi phones are suitable for use with the Wi-Fi access points in most homes, offices or campuses. Consumers can make Skype calls from open access points at no cost or to traditional landlines and mobile phones at low rates, said the company.

The user interface and functionality available on the Wi-Fi phones are said to be similar to using Skype on a computer. The devices can connect to Skype via any personal, business or free public Wi-Fi access point that does not require browser authentication. The devices support Wi-Fi encryption protocols including WEP, WPA, and WPA2 with PSK support.

The phones will all be available in Q3 2006.

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