Skype, the internet telephony company, has announced a range of cordless phones that do not require users to run a computer to make or receive web calls.
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The cordless phones are the Philips VOIP841 and another from NETGEAR. Both connect directly to users’ broadband connections to enable web connectivity.
Voice over IP calling allows users to bypass the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) to make free or cheaper calls.
“We are broadening our reach to mass consumers by offering them the opportunity to communicate via Skype without having to be tied to the computer,” said Stefan Öberg, Skype general manager for desktop and hardware.
“The cordless phones give Skype users the flexibility to make free Skype-to Skype calls and inexpensive calls to ordinary and mobile phones anywhere in the house, at any time without a running computer,” said Öberg.
The cordless phones are acccompanied by a short-range wireless DECT base station, which plugs into both the broadband connection and the user’s traditional phone line.