CES 2006: Skype partners up for new products

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Skype is looking to consolidate its position in the VoIP market with a number of deals with electronics industry companies, in the hope of making internet calling even easier for consumers.

Alongside Creative, the company has launched the Creative Skype Internet PhonePLUS – a standalone phone that enables anyone to make free Skype calls over the internet, even without a PC connection. With D-Link, there is the Skype USB Phone Adapter, a Skype phone adapter that enables Skype on a traditional phone.

There is also the Ipevo Fly-1 Cordless Handset and Xing Speakerphone, a PC/Mac compatible cordless Skype USB handset and Xing Skype USB speakerphone, the Kodak Photo Voice, a beta version of the first Skype certified online photo sharing service, a Panasonic a cordless telephone product that allows users to make and receive Skype calls and traditional calls using the same device and a VTech USB7100 Phone – an expandable phone with up to four handsets.

Whether these new products can widen use and understanding of Skype amongst the general public remains to be seen.

Via Pocket-Lint

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