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Aug 31 2011

Interesting: Skype has a Home Phone Adapter


o0cbjrn3 thumb Interesting: Skype has a Home Phone AdapterYesterday, on Skype’s blog, I noticed that they announced that FREETALK Connect•Me was offering the home phone adapter for their service it enables you to plug it into your Internet connection and then use a traditional handset telephone to make phone calls using Skype‘s service.

From the blog post, the author makes the statement that most people are still using traditional home phones as their fallback means of communication; their main way of being contacted. This might be true, but I see more and more people shifting to cell phones as their primary way of being contacted. but the point of the adapter, that they’re talking about, is to allow people to use their existing Internet service to do more, expand more… and this is something that I’ve been talking about for a long time— using your existing Internet service to do a myriad of services with just one connection.

But as I was reading to the article, I couldn’t help but think about the comparison between other services that are already established, Google voice, Vonage and  NetTALK.

I started thinking about the services from Google, allow me to make phone calls from my computer or my smart phone to any other phone line that I would like, and has a pretty good interface. Or maybe going with a service like Vonage, or you pay a monthly fee and you simply replace your existing phone company. And then there’s the service from netTALK, where you can purchase a device that plugs directly into your Internet service, plugs into any traditional phone and then you can use that phone as your main means of communication; which you pay for for yearly basis.

Here’s the adapter from FREETALK…

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Product Bundles for Your Skype-Enabled Home Phone Adapter

With our partners we are currently offering both products with a number of cost-effective calling bundles designed to meet a variety of calling needs:

FREETALK Connect•Me Home Phone Adapter Bundles:
• FREETALK Connect•Me + more than 60 minutes** of complimentary calls to landlines and mobiles via Skype ($39.99)
• FREETALK Connect•Me + 12 months of calls to landlines and mobile phones in the U.S. and Canada and 200 minutes**of calls to international landlines and mobiles ($59.99)
• FREETALK Connect•Me + a 3-month Unlimited*World subscription to the US and Canada plus landlines in 40 other countries ($59.99)

 

Here’s the adapter from netTALK

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  • All Standard Features
  • Free U.S. phone number
  • U.S. e911 Service
  • Retail price:$69.95 USD
  • Annual Renewal Fee:$29.95 USD

 

Here’s the adapter for Vonage

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U.S. & Canada 300

$11.99/mo.

plus taxes & fees

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U.S. & CANADA 300 INCLUDES:

  • 300 minutes of outbound local and long distance home phone service across U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and just 5¢ for each additional minute.
  • Special low rates to 10 countries including Philippines, Guatemala and Jamaica.
  • NEW Vonage Extensions™ – extend this calling plan to any phone, even mobiles, at no extra charge.
  • Unlimited incoming phone calls AND Vonage-to-Vonage calls.
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Anonymous Call Block, 3-Way-Calling and tons of other standard features.
  • Online Account Access to manage your features and service.
  • Portability. Take your Vonage adapter anywhere there’s a high-speed Internet connection.
  • Keep your existing phone number¤.

 

 

But I wonder how Skype is going to do against these establish services. With Skype having established VoIP customers, having video communications and the ability to do instant messaging; I think Skype now has a better opportunity to do better than it did a couple of years ago. it’s a close to to go from using your computer to make phone calls, having the service-connected directly to your house… is obviously a convenience there.

 

Although, one of the things that stood out to me in regards to the offerings that FREETALK is going to have— it was the cost of the service.

I think those prices are a little bit high… and with competing services like Vonage and netTALK; their prices are lower. When customers be willing to pay more just have a Skype phone? I don’t think so… especially since most smartphones have the ability to have Skype conversations; and video conferencing. and the application is a free download.

In some cases these adapters can be used to plug back directly into the existing homes phone system wiring; essentially giving back the ability to plug in a traditional phone into a phone jack anywhere in the home.

Keeping in mind that if you do that, you have to completely disconnect your home from the telco phone service, so it doesn’t fry your new hardware. And there are situations where the adapters will not provide enough power to the phone system throughout your home to power all the phones. it might work, it might not..

That’s why they like to use wireless handsets…

But it’s interesting to see that these types of adapters are out there and that it’s a very good possibility that you can replace your existing home phone with a VoIP phone.

 

Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.
LEHSYS.com