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VoIP Service Providers Resource

VoIP Service Providers Resource brings you the latest and greatest information about this new emerging technology.

Skype Phones

Skype phones extend free Internet calls one-step further. With Skype phones, you can throw away the headsets and use a hard phone that looks and feels like a traditional phone. Skype is currently the largest, free Internet telephony software maker in the world and moving into the Skype phone market, as opposed to the pure desktop software market, is a leap ahead.

Skype, based in Luxemborg, has offered free worldwide peer-to-peer Internet telephony (VoIP) service for several years now. What this means is that you download the free Skype software onto your PC, Mac or PDA (or a few other devices), install the software, plug in your headset and start talking for free to friends worldwide that also have Skype installed. If you'd rather can someone on a traditional landline or cellular phone, then Skype also offers deeply discounted rates for this service as well.

Two current Skype phones include the Cyberphone K and the Cordless DUALphone. Cyberphone K is a USB handset that somewhat resembles a television remote control, only more stylish. The Cyberphone K is available exclusively for Skype users. The Cordless DUALphone is both a cordless Skype phone and a landline in one. The range of the Cordless DUALphone is approximately 800 feet.

Skype has also teamed up with phone-maker Siemens to help penetrate the cordless market. Siemens has developed a USB adapter that lets Skype users plug-n-play a cordless phone into their PC's. The Siemens Gigaset M34 USB PC adapter works with the recently launched Gigaset C340/345 and Gigaset CX340/345isdn, Gigaset S440/445 and Gigaset SX440/445isdn, Gigaset S645 and Gigaset SL440.

Skype WiFi phones are on the verge of becoming a reality. PDA-maker, i-mate has already introduced its wireless PDA device proloaded with Skype software. CEO Niklas Zennstrom reported that a mobile version of Skype will be available this year at the April 2005 VON Conference in Toronto.

Creators of KaZaA, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, are also the founders of Skype. Skype has received many awards and rave reviews for innovation and marketing. An article in Fortune magazine quotes Michael Powell, chairman, FCC as saying, "I knew it was over when I downloaded Skype. When the inventors of KaZaA are distributing for free a little program that you can use to talk to anybody else, and the quality is fantastic, and it's free - it's over. The world will change now inevitably."

eBay, Inc. has decided to purchase Skype for $2.6 billion in upfront cash and eBay stock. Skype, eBay and PayPal will create an unparalleled ecommerce and communications engine for buyers and sellers around the world according to reports. It will be interesting to see if the three companies can become integrated in some way or if Skype will remain a standalone company.



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