Netgear Skype WiFi phone and other VOIP options

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.

Netgear_skype_wifi_phoneSipgate

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.

Looks like I’m stuck with the USB Cyberphone-K for a little longer, though admittedly, its been hassle-free for the most part since I got it eleven months ago.

[tags]skype, netgear, wifi, voip, phone, sipgate, cyberphone-k[/tags]

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3 thoughts on “Netgear Skype WiFi phone and other VOIP options

  1. will these phones work with wimax though? if not they could be useless within a year if wimax services are rolled out over London?

  2. If WiMax is backwards compatible with 802.11b/g, then there should be no problem, but I don’t think it is?

    However, even so, this isn’t necessarily an issue, as many homes and most offices will still be using 11b/g, and simply means that users will need to be inside, or near a building with 11b/g to make or receive calls.

    I don’t think either the Netgear or Sipgate devices are designed to be some kind of replacement for a mobile phone in areas where there is free public wifi, but rather to stop users being tied to their PC when making or receiving VOIP calls.

  3. Are you aware of any phones that work on Skype as well as using SIP? I can just picture my desk with 5 phones on it.. BT, Skype, SIP, Mobile… there must be another…

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