Skype to offer WiFi-capable cell phones

July 20, 2006

Skype has teamed up with its hardware providers on a menu of cell phones that can accommodate Skype's Internet calling system via WiFi.

The phones will allow Skype subscribers to use cell phones to place Internet calls without using a personal computer.

"We want to give people the freedom to move around while talking and have access to Skype wherever they are," said Stefan Oberg, general manager of hardware for Skype.

The devices will provide automatic synchronization with Skype accounts and will support common WiFi encryption.

The phones will come from Belkin, Edge-Core, Netgear and SMC. They will be available in the third quarter.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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