Skype Goes Mobile With Belkinposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 10/03/2006 03:36:00 AM
How to grow Skype as it faces competition from talk for free competitors like Jajah has been a big question on the minds of investors. Skype, a division of eBay Inc (Nasdaq EBAY), may have found the answer in the Belkin Wi-Fi phone for Skype.
The Skype phone from Belkin allows anyone with a WiFi connection to talk for free with Skype users. Imagine sitting in an airport lounge with free WiFi acccess. All you need to do is to turn on your Skype phone - no need for a laptop - and dial. The phone connects to the network, asks you for your Skype id and passord, and you're set. Just dial the number or select your Skype buddy. You're connected.
The drawback of the phone is that it currently doesn't support authenticated hotspots which means you can't sign on via a T-Mobile hotspot. Otherwise, it works just like a normal phone.
Amazon is selling the Belkin Wi-Fi phone for Skype for $179.99 (F1PP000GN-SK). I expect the price to drop to less than half in 6 months. It's available for pre-order. With all this hubbub about VOIP, maybe this will give eBay a boost.