Waiting for Skype hardware

I keep playing/testing with Skype and I keep liking it more and more. I don’t use the fancy stuff like conferencing and the other features yet in business testing, but we are seriously considering getting a Sony Mylo specifically for Firelace business calls.
Eventually, those features will have to work correctly and not screw up like Tdavid was mentioning.
But what is Skype missing?


Software wise, I keep seeing great things happening with their client. Their mobile device support is a bit behind, and it’d be nice if these were updated as often as the Windows client. Integration of Skypecasts and number dialing really has increased grouping similar to IM grouping. It would be nice if Skype could integrate features like GAIM where it became a all-in-one client, but that’s probably reaching a bit.
Hardware? So far, the cordless phones are pretty uninteresting. Mainly because you have to connect it into a computer.

  • Why can’t there be a hardware device similar to a Vonage ATA and plug it directly into the router?

I don’t see why it couldn’t be created considering it’d all be strictly backend. The current WiFi phone selection is rather expensive for the limited features. When looking to use Skype WiFi, people forget that they need to have browser support. Currently, not one phone supports this except the Sony Mylo.
So you ask why? It supports hotspots! One little problem. Go to any Panera Bread or free hotspot. There are still portals that you have to agree to the TOS. Without agreement, you get nowhere. So that means that you need a browser. None of the WiFi phones from specs support browser integration. So that limits your wifi hotspot selection for the $250-$300. The Mylo, while is Sony (and I personally dislike their rather non-support style after the initial release unless it has anything to do with their DRM protection), has browser support. This means that anything that we can access via a browser, should be able to be supported by Skype. That’s a good thing.
Skype is moving ahead with a lot of partnerships. But many of the products aren’t quite up to par for business needs yet. Hopefully this changes soon, since the current rates are actually very good for a startup business and helps keep the bottom line low.
Just wow us with something good. We’ll be watching.

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