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Mitron launches Wi-Fi Phone for Skype in Australia

  • 28 November, 2007 16:39

<p>Sydney, 28 November 2007 – Communications technology distributor Mitron has announced the launch of SMC’s WSKP100 Wi-Fi Phone for Skype in Australia. With integrated wireless connectivity and pre-installed Skype User Interface, this handset allows users to access their Skype account via any internet-enabled wireless access points. This means that users can make and receive Skype calls whilst maintaining complete mobility, unlike other devices that must connect with a computer.</p>
<p>Designed by SMC Networks, a leading global technology provider of LAN hardware, broadband connectivity devices and SOHO/Home wireless products, this leading edge WiFi Phone is Skype Certified and comes embedded with the widely recognised Skype Internet calling functionality.</p>
<p>The handset supports almost all Skype functions, enabling free calling from anywhere in the world within the Skype network and cost effective calling to fixed lines or mobile phones using Skype's SkypeIn and SkypeOut services. It also supports conference calls, Skype’s user base search and voice mail. Based on the 802.11b/g standard, the WSKP100 is compatible with almost all standard Wi-Fi access points or wireless routers on the market.</p>
<p>“The WSKP100 is ideal for people at home, in business or even students on campus who are looking to make cost effective calls, without the hassle of switching on a computer,” said Michael Boorne, Managing Director, Mitron. “With more than 3 million Skype users in Australia, this phone will allow people to better utilise the rapidly growing number of free wireless access points which support browser-less authentication and an increasing number free public hotspots situated in key business travel locations and vacation areas. As wireless routers become more affordable for the home and small office, it will also provide users with more options for greater flexibility and mobility.”</p>
<p>The phone is also incredibly easy to use, Skype is pre-installed on the handset so getting started is as easy as setting up a Skype account and entering a username/password in order to connect to any Wireless network” said Boorne. “It also has a PC-like Skype User Interface making it easy to configure and use.”</p>
<p>• Quality of Service (QoS) function of the WSKP100 ensures exceptional voice quality is maintained in shared wireless voice and data networks by prioritising voice over other data packet types.</p>
<p>• Advanced Security: The WSKP100 supports Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) with pre-shared keys (PSK). WPA supports TKIP while WPA2, supports AES encryption. WPA, and WPA2 address some of the security risks inherent in the legacy Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol. Specifically, they provide stronger authentication and encryption than WEP.</p>
<p>• Light and compact candy bar design allows users to carry the phone wherever is needed.</p>
<p>• Improved power-saving mechanism. The SMC WiFi Phone for Skype will deliver 3-hours continuous talk-time and 30-hour standby from its internal Li-Ion Battery and can be recharged from any USB enabled socket.</p>
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<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The WSKP100 is available at all good retailers at an RRP of $239.00</p>
<p>Stockists: Mitron - 02 8004 6666</p>
<p>For further information or to obtain a unit for review, please contact Helen Smith at Espresso Communications on: 02 9357 5544 or via email at</p>
<p>About Mitron</p>
<p>Mitron is a growing Australian company which distributes technology-related communications tools, including SMC Network products and the Mitron range of ADSL, Router, Wireless and VoIP devices. Mitron specialises in the customisation and supply of these devices to Internet &amp; Voice Service Providers, Resellers and Retailers in Australia. For more information, visit</p>

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