A month ago, Skype teamed up with Linksys to offer a special Skype cordless phone that seemed likely only to add to the clutter on your desk. Now, Accton Technology is introducing a Skype mobile phone that connects directly to a WiFi router. Unlike the Linksys device, it doesn't need to connect through your computer (meaning your computer doesn't need to be on). Sure, this may be cool in some circumstances, but mostly, it just seems like yet another device to carry around -- and one that won't work in most places. The biggest complaint about mobile phone service in the US is that coverage is poor, and now they want people to buy phones that have almost no coverage at all? It's not at all clear how these devices will get on WiFi networks. Must they be open? If not, how much of a pain will it be to negotiate the security via the phone? Other than that, most people who buy one would also need to carry around a regular mobile phone, because this device appears to only work with Skype. For a few people, this could certainly be useful, but it doesn't seem like a very large market.
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