CrunchGear has reported that Skype will release a handset that will feature Skype’s famous service for making long-distance and international calls. The mobile phone will support 3G internet service for web browsing. However, you will have to pay a regular monthly service fee for the phone. This Skype handset will be available in the UK, Italy, Hong Kong and Australia.
Asus AiGuru S2 is actually a successor to the AiGuru S1 VoIP Skype phone. The S2 comes equipped with the standard WiFi Skype support and the ability to pull RSS feed updates, check Outlook email, and stream your Windows Media Player/iTunes library from your computer. Pricing and availability are still in a mystery.
The Q Internet Phone consist of a pair of 2W stereo speakers, a microphone, a webcam, and speakerphone functionality. You just need to hook this device up to any available USB port, install the necessary drivers, and ensure your Skype account is up and running before you start chatting away for free with other Skype users. Its echo cancellation microphone has a pick up radius of up to 5 meters while the webcam can be concealed to keep dust from the lens. No word on pricing yet.
Amex Digital has launched the TSP-VS501, a new wireless Skype phone that comes with a touch sensitive keypad. Too bad, the phone’s display is just a monochrome. Pricing and availability have not been announced yet.
Futiro, an Irish company, has released their three new Skype phones on the market. They are all based on USB and cost between $55 and $75.
The Vonage V-Phone is probably one of the smallest phones in the world; it just depends on your definition of telephone. It comes in a USB form and works via the internet and contains pre-installed software from Vonage that has the basic phone features like capable of making/receiving calls (duh), but it also has not-so-basic-stuff caller ID and call forwarding. One of the important details is that for one reason or another, while making use of the V-Phone you won’t be able to call the real 911 whenever you have an emergency, but the Vonage staff took care of that by including an emergency line of their own that will help you get what you need. This Vonage V-phone can also work as a portable storage device because of the 250MB of space included. The USB phone has its own Vonage number, which is a little odd, but presumably you can change it to your own. And at less than US$40, it’s not a bad way to start Vonaging now.
Via Vonage V-phone.