Skype Wi-Fi Phone Closer to Release

As previously reported approximately two months ago, Accton Technology had announced Skype-compatible wi-fi handsets. According to InfoWorld, Accton’s VM1185T SkyFone (which comes with a built-in version of Skype’s popular Internet calling software) is set for release mid-February, potentially beating U.S. rival Netgear to market with the first Wi-Fi Skype-compatible phones.

Netgear has also issued a press release regarding their forthcoming Skype handset:

The NETGEAR device will combine the best of Internet calling and wireless. The NETGEAR phone is pre-loaded with Skype’s software, ready out-of-the-box to use with a wireless network. All a user needs to do after turning on the phone is enter a Skype username and password. The Skype software pulls up the user’s full contact list, displays the connection status on the phone screen, and allows the consumer to connect to any other Skype user for free. The phone will also allow users to connect to non-Skype users with the SkypeOut™ feature. More information on NETGEAR’s Skype WiFi phone, including pricing and availability, is planned for the first quarter of 2006.

To date, all Skype-compatible handsets have required connection to a PC running the regular Skype software.