by CIO Staff

Netgear, Skype Announce Availability of Wi-Fi Phone

May 02, 20062 mins

Netgear, a networking solutions provider, and voice-over IP company Skype on Tuesday announced pricing details and pre-order availability of the new SPH101 Wi-Fi phone, which enables Skype users to place unlimited free domestic and international phone calls to other users via a wireless network, according to a May 1 Netgear release.

The phone costs $249.99, and is available for pre-order online.

“We are pleased to announce pre-order availability of Netgear’s Skype Wi-Fi phone to those who have been anxiously awaiting the product launch since we unveiled a prototype at the Consumer Electronics show,” said Netgear Chief Executive Officer Patrick Lo in the release. “Our phone combines Netgear’s innovative wireless networking technology with the simplicity of the Skype experience, while freeing users from the PC.”

The phone is ready for use right out of the box, and it comes preloaded with Skype software. The SPH101 will function anywhere there is a secured or open access Wi-Fi network that does not call for browser-based authentication. It is the first Wi-Fi phone to earn the “Skype Certified” logo, which specifies that Skype has reviewed the product and endorsed it.

“By offering Netgear’s unique Wi-Fi phone to our global users, we are enabling them to enjoy the same Skype experience they love, but with the freedom of mobility,” said Saul Klein, Skype’s vice president of global marketing.

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