I have been looking further into handsets to use with Skype or SkypeOut.While I was doing this, I also checked the SkypeOut rates. As it turns out, the saving on mobile telephony I had hoped for is not possible. In Denmark, calls made through SkypeOut costs €0.02 per minute (DKK 0.15) for a landline number, and €0.259 per minute (DKK 2.00) for a mobile number. Neither one of these rates are competitive when compared to the available telephone subscriptions in Denmark :-(
This means that the SkypeOut service is only interesting for long distance phone calls and that the investment in a special handset - which integrates with Skype - is not worth while. Unless, of course, a significant number of friends and family decide to start using Skype. In that case, using a headset with a PC will probably be too cumbersome in the long run and a regular, wireless phone will come in handy.
I sort of had my stare fixed on the Cordless Dualphone, which I have also seen branded as an 'Olympus' phone. The phone seems to be manufactured by the Danish company RTX, though. So, in order to satisfy my techno lust, one of two things must happen:
- SkypeOut rates have to come down a bit.
- I have some advocating (evangelism?) to do, convincing everybody I know to start using Skype.
The last one is a hard one, since this sort of phone requires the PC running Skype to be turned on. I do not know that many people that have their computers running 24-7 (besides myself). Which is probably a good thing, sanity wise, or else my time would be filled up by Mike Oldfield, Star Trek , LOTR and Douglas Adams…
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