Skype Advances the Future of Internet Communications at CES 2007
Sets Conversations Free with New Skype Certified™ Internet Phones from Leading Consumer Electronics Manufacturers
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skype, the global Internet communications company, is setting conversations free at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show with the announcement of new devices and accessories that improve the Skype™ experience for consumers and small business users regardless of where they’re located – at home, at work or on the move.
“Skype’s goal is to set conversations free by making them possible in many forms and places. Skype Certified devices and accessories are a crucial part of this vision as their simplicity and power make Skype even more relevant to people’s lives.”
As part of Skype’s efforts to bring more flexibility to communications, the company unveiled twelve new Skype Certified devices and accessories in a press conference today, many of which eliminate the need for a PC to make Internet-based Skype calls. The new devices and accessories, from leading consumer electronics manufacturers ASUS, IPEVO, NETGEAR, Philips and TOPCOM add to the more than 150 Skype Certified products already available worldwide.
The latest hardware announcement comes on the heels of the company’s release last month of its new Skype 3.0 software, which provides Skype users with even simpler and easier ways to talk to one another, as well as new range of richer communications features designed to bring together users who share similar interests. Some of these new features include community-led text chat and discussion (Public Chats), live moderated conversations (Skypecasts) and the ability to play games and collaborate with other Skype users (Skype Extras).
“Communications today involves more than just free voice calls over the Internet,” said Eric Lagier, Director, Business Development, Hardware and Mobile. “Skype’s goal is to set conversations free by making them possible in many forms and places. Skype Certified devices and accessories are a crucial part of this vision as their simplicity and power make Skype even more relevant to people’s lives.”
New Skype Desktop Internet Phones
The newest Skype Certified hardware category to emerge in 2007 is Skype desktop Internet phones that enable users to place and receive calls with Skype via broadband Internet connections without being connected to computers. The first products in this category include:
New Skype Certified Cordless & Wi-Fi Phones
CES 2007 builds on the innovation Skype demonstrated in 2006 when it introduced Wi-Fi phones that let Skype users make and receive calls in any open Wi-Fi network without their computer, and cordless dual phones that let users plug into both their landline and broadband connections to make and receive both Skype calls and regular PSTN phone calls. Marking the expansion of these categories, Skype is debuting two new phones, including:
New Skype Certified Accessories
In addition to cordless, Wi-Fi and desktop Internet phones, Skype’s partners are also introducing additional accessories that will help users make Skype Internet calls from their computers. These accessories include:
All of the new devices and accessories support Skype’s premium features, including SkypeOut™ (call from Skype to traditional landlines or mobiles), SkypeIn™ (a number people can call that users answer in Skype) and Skype Voicemail (takes calls when users are busy or offline).
Access to a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all Skype Certified devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
These products will be available for purchase in the Skype web store at skype.com/shop, alongside a wide range of other devices, accessories and bundles that provide everything a Skype user needs to set their conversations free at home, at work or on the go.
Skype is the world’s fastest-growing Internet communication offering, allowing unlimited free voice, video and instant messaging communication between users of Skype Software. With over 136 million registered users, Skype is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail, call forwarding and personalization including ringtones and avatars. Skype also has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers. Visit Skype at www.skype.com.
Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com.
Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the “S” symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.