Review: IPEVO So-20 Wi-Fi Phone for Skype

Tuesday Mar 31st 2009 by Ted Stevenson
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This slender phone can travel in your pocket, giving you Skype access on WEP- and WPA-protected WLANs.

The PC is both a strength and a weakness in Skype's incredibly popular Web-based VoIP service. Strength in that it gave Skype's creators the technical tools that allowed them to build a high-quality voice transport service that fundamentally altered the telephony landscape. Weakness in that it required people to be sitting in front of a computer when they wanted to use that service.

Taiwan- and San Jose, Calif.-based IPEVO last month joined the ranks of companies that have developed ways to cut the cord the binds Skype to the computer. The So-20 WiFi Phone for Skype is a compact, light-weight device that connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g) networks, and has all of Skype's telephony functionality built into its firmware.

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