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anyone using a new wireless Skype mobile phone?

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by srplus, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. srplus

    srplus Walked with the Dinosaurs

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    see - http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/04/netgear-wifi-phone-for-skype-no-pc-required/

    Inquiring minds want to know... since many cities, universities, convention centers, etc now have wireless - is this the future?

    Wondering if it is possible to back up to the wireless function by going on a Verizon or Embark network...
     
  2. thelal

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    Way of the future?
    It will be "part" of the future (some of it already here) - just depends on your definition of the future and what % u consider 4 how long b4 its mainsteam.
    In time all calls will b free and u'll pay 4 other 'services'. VOIP is making this happen and cost/call on cell networks have decreased dramatically over the years.
    The upcoming Cell/Wifi (and seemless handoff between the 2) will push this boundary over the next 1-2 yrs. However the big telcos/cell co's will fit back and continue 2 put up barriers; which will slowly get broken down.
    Skype is already available (need Pc) on any phone/cell while away and via handset while in house so its getting there.
     
  3. srplus

    srplus Walked with the Dinosaurs

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    True.

    By the future and what I asked: I meant is anyone actually using this product and as far as my limited knowledge goes... you must have an internet connection (or a Wi-Fi connection to one) to use this product so therefore is it compatible with the network cards for portables from verizon or others (to get a net connection)? and what kind of service are you getting if you are using it? does it sound like you are talking through a toilet paper tube like some VOIP services out there or over a wire to someone in Europe with lags between talking and hearing?

    And when it takes hold of more than at least 1% of the existing market (this type of device) what kind of impact will it make?

    I can see one of these things with an MP3 player as an integral part and a mini SD card or SD card...

    http://news.com.com/Skype,+Netgear+to+launch+Wi-Fi+phone/2100-7352_3-6018508.html - article on this piece of equipment.

    Here is what this one looks like:

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    ”Netgear announced their new Skype WiFi phone that needs no PC; Skype, of course, obviously comes pre-loaded since you don't want to carry yet another phone just because you can. Just enter your Skype name and password and you're set to call all of your Skype buds whenever you're in range of some WiFi. What's that, your peeps don't have Skype? No prob since you can seamlessly use your SkypeIn or SkypeOut account just as well. We're guessing that the WiFi flavor is either 802.11b or 802.11g, although Netgear also announced RangeMax to support Skype on their WPN824 RangeMax wireless router.” (From January 2006 announcement - http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/04/netgear-wifi-phone-for-skype-no-pc-required/ )
     
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    srplus Walked with the Dinosaurs

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    From a NY Times story about google and eBay advertising/Skype deal - http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/29/technology/29ebay.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    => It has found that only 10 to 15 percent of people choose to talk using their computers, and that this proportion is not increasing.

    “The vast majority of consumers want calls to be landline-based,” said John Federman, eStara’s chief executive. PC calling requires computers that are equipped with microphones, and a change in customer behavior.

    Alex Kazim, the president of Skype, said an increasing number of computers now came with microphones, and consumers were increasingly using them.

    “We see a shift over time as users become more and more able to do voice calling on their PC’s,” Mr. Kazim said. He pointed out that Skype had 100 million users worldwide. <=
     
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