MagicJack ate Skype’s lunch. But now Skype is fighting back with a new piece of hardware that allows you to make calls from your home phone using the Skype service. It’s called FREETALK Connect•Me.
FREETALK Connect•Me is a small box that sits between your phone and your home’s router. Simple as that. We’ll not quite, but for those who aren’t tech savvy, it boils down to that.
You connect your home phone using a standard telephone cord, while the Skype box plugs into your router using a standard Ethernet cord. The initial setup process requires a computer, so yes, you’ll still need one of those to use the FREETALK Connect•Me. But once it’s setup you should be good to go, though if you need to obtain additional Skype credits Internet access will be required.
The FREETALK Connect•Me conveniently sports a built-in AC plug that can be swapped out with a variety of attachments to accomodate the international jet setter. It reminds us of Apple’s Airport Express, only instead of streaming music you can make phone calls.
Much like the normal Skype service found on your computer, Skype to Skype calls are free, while telephone calls to a landline or mobile phone will cost you. If you order the box now, which cost $39.99, Skype will include 60 minutes of Skype credit.