Broadcom Gives Skype Users Freedom From the PC

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the Broadcom(R) Wi-Fi(R) phone platform now supports Skype(TM) software and will be available to consumers in new Wi-Fi phone handsets from Buffalo. In the past, Skype users needed a PC to make Skype calls. Now, with the availability of wireless Internet phones, users can make calls at open Wi-Fi access points all over the world without being tied to a PC.


"A Wi-Fi phone is more flexible and useful than a traditional analog phone because it uses Internet Protocol (IP) as the underlying technology and can communicate with other devices on the network," said Monika Gupta, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Broadcom's Consumer VoIP products.

"Consumers can now be part of the Skype community -- scroll through their contacts, see who is online, make free Skype-to-Skype calls -- all without sitting in front of the PC." "Wi-Fi access is everywhere -- in homes, offices, campuses, coffee shops," said Manrique Brenes, Director of Hardware for Skype. "A Skype Wi-Fi phone gives people the freedom to connect to the 136 million family and friends already using Skype anywhere in the world."

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