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Skype's World Gets Bigger

Can they hear you now?

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Apparently, the world is not enough for Skype--at least the World Wide Web. Now the Luxembourg-based uber com (boasting 30 million online users at peak times) has our landlines in its crosshairs. Skype has just launched a cordless General Electric phone that offers the option to make calls over the home phone line or Skype. The GE 31591 ($70 with 400 minutes of calls to international landlines or mobiles) requires a broadband connection and power outlet (landline is optional). The phone holds 100 Skype contacts, plus 200 regular phone numbers.

Additionally Skype has introduced a home/office mini-router ($40 with 60 minutes of Skype credit, $60 for one year of United States/Canada calling and 200 international minutes). The Freetalk Connect Me Home Phone Adapter requires a broadband connection, electrical outlet, a PC for the initial setup, phone and an optional landline. You can make calls even when your computer is off.