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New Google Skype phone: Perfect for ISD

Posted by madhavkobal on 23/08/2009

If your rising international phone calls’ bill has been giving you sleepless nights, try Belkin’s new Google Skype phone.

All you need is awireless router (which comes for just Rs 1,500) installed in your home or office.   Detecting a Wi-Fi environment, the phone automatically logs into your Skype account.

With Skype logged in, dial either a Skype number or a mobile number of a person overseas or in India. Calls rates are as cheap as Rs 1 per minute via Skype to other mobile phones overseas. However, making STD calls via Skype phone to other mobiles are not feasible, as its expensive. But if you have friends who are always logged in on Skype, the phone can be of excellent use.

The paucity of Wi-Fi zones in India, however, does pose a handicap. In comparison, GSM wi-fi phones can log on to Skype from anywhere. But the drawback of GSM phones is that a Skype call will get disrupted as soon as you receive a GSM call. The voice clarity is, however, much higher in the Skype phone.

The drawback for the phone is its inability to work on other VoIP platforms and its low battery power. Even though the company claims a talktime of two hours and a standby time of 30 hours, the phone’s battery gets discharged earlier.

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