Not too long ago, I mentioned the Netgear Skype WiFi phone, which was due to come out in the first quarter of 2006. Forgot about this, until Chris recently pointed me towards Amazon who are now accepting pre-orders. But, at $250, it’s significantly more than my guess back in March of around £100 ($160), and now out of my price range.
Amazon’s pre-order price tag is even expensive by market rates, considering the fact that Sipgate are doing a WiFi phone for £109. Admittedly, it doesn’t look as stylish as Netgear’s product, but the functionality is similar enough.
Given the price tag, and some of the early reviews I read, I’m not going to be one of the early adopters of this product. I’m sure it’ll be a success though, which will hopefully prompt other companies to create similar products, and drive the price down. I’d also like to see someone make a regular wired skype phone (which could be used without a PC), which should be relatively cheap. The GrandStream BT-101 looks tempting, but doesnt work with Skype.
[tags]skype, netgear, wifi, voip, phone, sipgate, cyberphone-k[/tags]