Computer peripheral maker Keyspan on Monday announced its new
phone, compatible with both Macs and PCs. The telephone is designed to work in conjunction with Skype, the Voice over IP (VoIP) chat and messaging service. It costs $79 and ships this month.
The phone allows you to use Skype wirelessly as long as your computer is connected to the Internet and is within range of the phone (Keyspan lists the outdoor range as up to 300 feet, the indoor range up to 100 feet). It connects using a 2.4GHz radio receiver that plugs into the Mac or PC’s USB port.
A button on the phone can open and close Skype, and the built-in LCD display shows you who is online, Skype operational status, battery level and signal quality.
The phone uses three AAA batteries and charges using USB. Standby time is up to 1,200 hours. Talk time is up to 15 hours.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3 or later, Skype and an Internet connection.