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Will Skype be integrated into Siemens' Gigasets?

19.03.2005 - 16:09 / filled under default

Via Scoble's linkblog I found this interview part on bleeding edge:

Zennström: Many people like to keep their computers on most of the time, so connectivity isn't an issue with them. But, yes, some people don't like to have their machines running all day. So we are working together with a partner on a router-based product to reach out to a larger group. We will integrate our software either into the cordless handset or the base station, which users can then connect directly to their router. We can't say today when we will launch this new product.
This looks like Siemens and their Gigasets. They already have a component for using Skype with your computer tuned on.

Which could be a nice development - if, yes if not all of the PC software components of Gigasets have been absolutly horrible. And I say this using Gigasets for some years (Gigaset 2000, 4135, 4175). All of the handsets have had the same problems (buttons don't work properly after some months), PC Software functionality is non existent, usabilty a total foreign word.

On the other hand, there is a company which PC-Integration has always been lovely and wonderful: AVM and their Fritz products. Just take a look at the newest one, from their website:

  • Use existing phones both for conventional lines and for Internet telephony

  • High voice quality through intelligent bandwidth management

  • Combined ADSL modem and ADSL router for fast access from multiple PCs

  • High-security firewall with port forwarding and IP masquerading
We are talking analog and ISDN and VOIP and DSL and Wlan in one box. And their software is usually superb. One of the latest boxes has a simple switch for Wlan on/off. Each box comes with a personalized encryption for it's wlan. Software for not only windows systems. Only downside: not working with Skype as VOIP, only sip. And I don't know which sip to use for international free calls.

As I can understand why Skype goes for Siemens with their cordless handphones, AVM would make a much better partner for boosting sales for a solid, well programmed, well maintained hardware platform. And just let the user choose the phone at the end of the line.

And I would love to see Skype integrated into Fritzbox, because it would make podcast recording so much easier - because the Fritzbox would do all the work and one would only need to record right away. :)

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