As the credit crunch continues to bite, free calls have never looked so attractive – and neither has 3's Skypephone. Putting last year's original Skypephone in the shade, the new S2 is a far more polished number.
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This 3G handset is the result of a collaboration between network provider 3 and VoIP service Skype. In addition to offering all the features found on a regular mobile phone, you'll also be able to make calls to other Skype users.
Free mobile calls using VoIP services have been touted as the phone tech of the future for a long while now, so it's about time Skype made some serious inroads into the market
If you've added Skype or any form of VoIP to your office setup, this kit will complement it, being a conference call device and a Bluetooth adapter.
Paying £70 for a Skype phone is a bit steep: you can pick them up for half that. But this is a particularly nice one. In the box is a USB dongle and software driver. The quick-start guide gets you past syncing the phone with your Mac
A mouse that is also a telephone may sound like something from a sci-fimovie, but this device is a novel idea. It works in conjunction withSkype, so you'll need to download the software and set up an account
VoIP phones are everywhere. Some are well designed and come with features that make the most of Internet calling. The majority, however, are cumbersome and downright ugly.
The uncouth PC market is awash with cheap Skype phones. These connect directly with the Skype software, enable you to see which contacts are online, and then call them. However, the choice has been limited for the Mac
With this Wi-Fi connecting handset, you can almost use Skype VoIP like a mobile phone. You don't need to have a computer connected to the net, or even turned on. All you need is a wireless internet connection and you're away