Ebay owned company Skype has Lauched its most anticipated product Skype Phone – an Internet voice mobile phone to make free calls. The phone is being manufactured by Chinese company Amoi and partnered with Hutchison’s 3 unit.
One can use it like an ordinary mobile Phone and can also make free calls although to Skype-to-Skype calls only and send instant messages as well. Skype-phone user has to top-up (recharge what we call in India) after every 30 days.
Hutchisson’s ‘3’ unit operates mobile phone networks in Austria, Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and the U.K., although Hutch, the market of whom is now acquired by Vodafone in India, the launch of Skype-Phone in India cant be figure out as when would Skype see India as one of the market of their latest released product.
The recent scrutiny faced by Skype in India over free Internet PC-o-PC call service might have something to do with India not being considered as one of their Skype-phone market along with norms and policies for same in India, which still in infancy stage for such products and services.
The launch of Skype-Phone is seen as a launch closer to Google’s much more anticipated GPhone, which every now and then is being rumored to launch in a week or two but still Gphone is expected to launch worldwide by the end of November.
Skype which is being acquired by Ebay has launched this product to increase their revenue, which is said to be over-priced when got acquired.