Friday, September 2, 2011

Two new gadgets bring Skype to your Home phone

 
VoIP services provider Skype has dished out a new home adapter and cordless phone that will make it easier for people to make cheap calls via Skype.



The first product is called the FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter (pictured to the left). You need a computer to set it up, but after that, all you need is a broadband internet connection and a home phone. You pick up that handset, and dial a Skype number. The gadget can store up to 100 Skype contacts or speed dials. Once you set it up, you don’t need to boot up your computer to make a Skype call.


There are several different bundles of the phone adapter. An entry-level edition that includes 60 minutes of free calls to landlines and mobiles via Skype is $39.99. You will pay $59.99 for two different service bundles: a FREETALK adapter plus 12 months of calls to landlines and mobile phones in the United States and Canada plus 200 minutes of international calls; or an adapter plus three months unlimited world subscription.




The Freetalk ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter is capable of connecting a normal home landline to a router which allows users to make VoIP calls to other Skype users regardless of their device. 
The pricing for the cordless phone stars at $69.99 with 400 minutes of calls to international landlines and mobile phones; $89.99 will get you 12 months of unlimited calls to the United States and Canada and 200 minutes of international calls.
One thing to note is that you can’t use Skype for emergency calls.


                                  


If you are a small-business owner or even the manager of a division at a midsize company that is trying to more closely control telecommunications costs associated with people working at home, you could see how these new products might be applicable. They could, for example, allow someone to work at home and keep their business calls managed separately for their personal calls, without requiring them to add another phone line.