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.