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US Robotics, Linksys…. one after another, a steady parade of Skype-phones has been coming to market, making us Mac types a little left out. I wouldn’t mind a handset that plugs into the USB port of my little Powerbook, and lets me make calls, mostly the […]

US Robotics, Linksys…. one after another, a steady parade of Skype-phones has been coming to market, making us Mac types a little left out. I wouldn’t mind a handset that plugs into the USB port of my little Powerbook, and lets me make calls, mostly the free type, to an increasing number of people on my Skype List. Now San Jose-based IPEVO has launched a set of Skype phones that can work with Macs. You need to download a special Mac driver, which is in beta, but apparently it works. (Now wouldn’t I love to get hands on this one!)

Its cheap – $30. You PC types have a ton of options, including the ones I mentioned earlier. Sennheiser, Logitech , RTX DUALPhone and VoIPvoice Cyberphone-K are some of the other Skype handsets on the market. In US, these phones are being sold through Radioshack and Brightpoint, a cellphone handset distributor.

  1. Technically this isnt true Om. Jerry Pournelle and I have successfully used the VoipVoice Cyberphone K with Skype on his 15″ Powerbook running Tiger. You can find the phone here:

    http://www.voipvoice.com/cyberphoneK.htm

    it’s also on the Skype Store, but it incorrectly states that the phone doesnt work on Mac OS X because as you can see here:

    http://www.voipvoice.com/software.htm

    There is most certainly software to make it work with Skype undex Pather or better. The sound quality is also not bad either. And you can buy it today! :)

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  2. Just ordered one, thanks Om!

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  3. hey daniel

    thanks …. this one looks nicer as well. thanks for the heads up

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  4. Mac friendly Skype phone

    There is finally a USB Skype phone available that is touting Mac compatibility. The IPEVO Free-1 looks great and definitely wouldn’t look out of place attached to a Mac. It’s priced at $30 on their website, but you have to buy them in lots…

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  5. Now they just need a way to magnetically attach it to the left side of your iMac.

    BTW, I would hope that this handset can work with all VoIP apps, not just Skype.

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  6. That’s pretty amusing, as the this phone works fine in Skype for Windows WITHOUT a driver. The driver is more of an app that enables the buttons. The handset installs as a USB Audio device that Skype can use with easy.

    Is what they’re describing a real driver, or just an app for mapping the buttons?

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  7. [...] My friend Om points to a Mac friendly Skype Phone. I’m definitely going to see if I can get one. [...]

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  8. Does this work with other VoIP services like SIPPhone? Or is it Skype only?

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  9. It would be nice to have these phones cordless now. The whole point of buying an additional physical device is to break away from the PC!

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