Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone Review

Ian Robert Anderson
 


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One of the coolest things Belkin has made is the new Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone. If you are a Skype user and you are interested in taking Skype around with you - the Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone is a great choice and you don’t even need a computer.

The Basics
The Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone allows you to make unlimited free calls to other Skype users when you connect it to any Wi-Fi network. You can also call people who use a traditional phone (land line) using SkypeOut credits. Skype recently offered 1 full year of unlimited SkypeOut calls to call anyone in the US and Canada for just $29.95 per year. That means you can have a free cell phone for one year!

The Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone Interface
The pre-installed Skype software is very similar to the computer version of Skype. The home screen displays the time, your Skype credits, quick access to the Menu and Contacts. Do not expect things that you get with normal cell phones like games, text messages, pictures, etc…

Contacts
The contact list works just like Skype. Your contacts have the same Skype status icons next to their names as the computer version. This allows for easy connection to online Skype contacts. You can add contacts, even search the entire Skype network – all from the mobile handset.

Connect To A Wi-Fi Network
This is easy. The Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone basically does a search for wireless networks in range and allows you to connect to the one you want. If the network is secure, it prompts you for a network key (which your system administrator can provide you). You can also set a “Preferred Network" easily.

Calling Regular Phones
This is why most people will buy this device, and calling regular phones is easy. All you need are SkypeOut credits - or the unlimited usage package. To dial a land line simply dial 1 then the area code and number, you’ll be connected to your party instantly. BONUS TIP - If the person you are calling has caller ID, (000) 123-4567 displays as the number calling.

Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone Battery Power
The Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone comes with 2 chargers – 1 wall charger and 1 USB charger. Once the device is fully charged, the battery life is exceptional! I don’t know exact numbers, but I can tell you that the first day I had it I called lots of people to test it out, it was left on all night long and when I used it the next morning, there was still 75% battery power left. The battery life is great on this device!

What Is Missing
The only thing missing on the Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone is the ability to IM. This causes problems when computer Skype users try to IM your Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone. When this happens the IM sender receives a message informing them that the device you are using does not support instant messaging.

Price
The current price of the Belkin Skype Wi-Fi Phone is $159.95 USD. This in combination with unlimited SkypeOut credits $29.95 equals $189.90. Not a bad price to pay for an unlimited use cell phone (as long as you can find a wireless network).

Ian Anderson is co-founder of Intersection360. Ian specializes in hosted application architecture and GUI design. Intersection360 offers a wide range of non-branded web applications for the small business/non-profit markets. Some of Intersection360 products include: CharityHelper360 - secure forms processing for non-profits, WebEdit360 - an online website editor and more.

Learn more about how you can sell Intersection360 products as your own with the Intersection360 Partner Program at http://www.intersection360.com/partners/index.htm

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