As a Skype-branded WiFi phone, the Edge-core certainly looks like another PC-tethered offering. The base unit cradles the phone nicely, which connects via a wireless dongle to your PC, and the design is clean if a little uncomfortable on the ear.

Although it ships with WMM (Wireless Multi Media), the phone's network settings are only reachable through its PC-enabled interface. So while SkypeOut and SkypeIn are each supported without the aid of a PC to dial into your account, it's redundant.

Network scanning actions constantly update your connection preventing dropped calls mid-conversation. And although it can pick out hotspots relatively effectively, it remains a house-or-office-bound wireless Skype option rather than a true WiFi phone. Tom Dennis