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CES: Netgear and Skype, sitting in a tree

Netgear has teamed up with VoIP (voice over IP) provider Skype to produce a Wi-Fi phone, allowing you to use the internet telephony service anywhere there's a wireless internet connection.

Patrick Lo, Netgear's CEO, was present at CES (the International Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas to show off the device, while Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom was on the line from London via the newly announced phone.

As with the existing PC-based Skype offering, internet-to-internet calls are free, with calls to and from the handset available through the paid-for SkypeIn and SkypeOut services. The Netgear handset is the first Skype phone that doesn't require a PC to work – just tap in your account details, hook it up to a wireless internet connection and off you go.

Pricing wasn't announced, but Lo promised it would be competitive.

Pictures from the press conference below, full story to follow.

Netgear Skype Wi-Fi phone

Netgear Skype Wi-Fi phone

Patrick Lo speaks to Niklas Zennstrom via the new handset

Patrick Lo speaks to Niklas Zennstrom via the new handset

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