Better Experience

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Jan 8, 2007 (AFP) – Skype unveiled on Monday its own models of desktop telephones that can make free Internet calls using the firm’s pioneering online service. The pricing for calls will be the same on the new Skype telephones, Lagier said.

The IPEVO Solo One and the TOPCOM Webt@lker 5000 were among a host of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) home or office telephones introduced at the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

Among the firms honored by the Consumer Electronics Association for innovation in new VoIP phones that do not require using a computer when making online calls were Auvi Technologies and electronics giants Motorola and Panasonic.

Skype mobile hardware business director Eric Lagier said the online company, owned by California-based eBay, had more than 50 partners seeking “to enhance the Skype experience.”

“We feel it is time for Skype to step up and lead our users to a better experience,” Lagier said while introducing the Skype telephones and accessories at a press conference.

“We are really setting conversation free. You can make Skype calls free at home or work.”

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