by CIO Staff

Polycom, Skype to Release VoIP Speakerphone (UPDATED)

May 02, 20061 min

Polycom conference phone for business
Credit: Polycom

Since this story was orginally reported, it has been updated to correct the price of the Polycom Communicator.

Polycom, a firm specializing in collaborative communications, has joined forces with voice-over IP (VoIP) provider Skype to offer a co-branded speakerphone, VoIP News Australia reports.

The Polycom Communicator, which should be available by mid-2006 for $129, employs Polycom’s Acoustic Clarity Technology to boost the quality of VoIP calls placed via the device, according to VoIP News.

The hands-free speakerphone enables Skype users to participate in small teleconferences, and it can be used as an audio player that can be hooked up to a laptop or PC, VoIP News reports.

Other capabilities include high-quality, two-way communications and high-fidelity wideband audio, and the device also supports Skype’s wideband voice capabilities, according to VoIP News.

The phone will be powered via USB cable, VoIP News reports.

For related news coverage, read Skype Reaches 100M User Mark.

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