What is it?
A mobile phone that enables you to make free Internet calls to anyone else in the world who has Skype.
I thought you needed a PC to talk on Skype?
Millions of Skype users talk for free by plugging in headsests, speakers, or USB phones into their computers. NETGEAR’s Skype WiFi Phone changes that, freeing you to walk around untetheered anywhere withing a WiFi network to which to have access, while you talk to other Skype users worldwide.
If you don’t need a PC, how do you download Skype? It is pre-loaded with Skype and ready to use with a wireless network out of the box.
How do you manage your Skype contacts?
An intuitive on-screen menu lets you see who is online and available to talk. Same great interface Skype users are used to.
What if you want to call or get calls from non-Skype users?
Using SkypeOut, for a small fee, you can make calls to mobile and traditional landline phone users. The SkypeIn option receives calls from non-Skype users. Skype Voicemail takes your calls when you’re busy or offline.
How does Skype generate revenue?
Skype generates revenue through its premium service offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, as well as voicemail and call forwarding services.
What about security?
Skype uses secure and encrypted communication so nobody’s able to listen in. The NETGEAR Skype WiFi Phone is designed to deploy Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) for WiFi security.
What wireless standard is used?
The wireless mobile phone is WiFi compatible 802.11g, and is backwards compatible with 802.11b.
What are the other areas of collaboration?
In addition to the NETGEAR Skype Wifi phone, NETGEAR and Skype also announced that the NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless Router (WPN824) with Smart MIMO technology, a 2006 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award honoree and the industry’s #1 selling MIMO-G product, will be equipped to optimize Skype. Adapting to changing wireless conditions is unique to NETGEAR’s RangeMax technology, and RangeMax routers dynamically avoid interference from neighboring wireless networks and eliminate dead spots to maintain the most reliable, high-performance, long-range network connections to each client, making them ideal for supporting applications such as Skype. Skype integration with NETGEAR’s RangeMax wireless router will further extend the companies’leadership in innovative networking devices.
When is the phone available and what is the price?
More information on NETGEAR’s Skype WiFi phone, including pricing and availability, is planned for mid 2006. Sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.