Netgear Debuts Long-awaited Wi-Fi Phone

Netgear is bringing its WiFi phone, which can make calls using Skype, to Singapore. The company is selling the handset for S$349 (US$2226) and has preloaded it with Skype software.

To make calls through SPH101, the user must be within the coverage of a 802.11b or a 802.11g wireless system and must hold a proper network ID in order to access the network. The device is useless on fee-based Wi-Fi systems, which demand browser-based authentication, and on the niche IEEE 802.11a wireless standard.

Netgear expects to ship the phone to different Asia-Pacific countries, including Malaysia and Thailand. It plans to introduce a multiple language feature later this year.
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