Wi-Fi Phones are Here, but Should we SIP or Skype

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Skype calls without wires or computers may seem like an attractive prospect and there has been a certain amount of anticipation regarding the launch of these phones.... http://www.i-voip.co.uk has just launched a huge new range of Wi-Fi phones for both SIP and Skype.

Netgear’s much hyped Skype Wi-Fi phone has finally begun to hit the shelves, ending years of speculation and rumour. What many do not realize is that this device is simply the prima donna of a family of Wi-Fi phone devices, with Skype software preloaded, that let people make Skype calls over any accessible wireless network.

Skype calls without wires or computers may seem like an attractive prospect, and there has been a certain amount of anticipation regarding the launch of these phones. Skype has a huge and dedicated user base, and for the hardcore Skype user, access to Skype through any Wi-Fi access point prevents an irresistible prospect.

However, many people may be unaware that what these Wi-Fi phones offer, cheap calls over the Internet without a computer, has been available through the use of SIP services for a long, long time. These SIP services, such as Babble, Gradwell and the VoIPBuster family of companies, offer their own VoIP tarrifs and rates and frequently, their call charges are cheaper than Skype, they also have their own Wi-Fi phones.

While Skype Wi-Fi phones come locked to Skype, SIP Wi-Fi phones can be configured and re-configured to use the provider of a person's choice so he or she can chop and change providers as his or her needs or wallet dictate. They function in very much the same way as Skype Wi-Fi phones and give the same key benefit of wireless VoIP calls.

http://www.i-voip.co.uk has just launched a huge new range of Wi-Fi phones for both SIP and Skype. We also offer help and advice on which SIP service provider to choose and a configuration service for those customers who want their phone to arrive ready to use straight out of the box. With I-VoIP.co.uk very cheap calls now come without strings, or wires, attached.

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