updated 07:10 pm EDT, Fri September 2, 2011
Turns any landline into a Skype phone
Skype customers in the U.S. and Canada can now buy a home phone adapter called the FreeTalk Connect-Me that gives them the option of using their existing landline or just a traditional phone handset as a Skype phone, either using an unlimited plan or Skype credit to call cell phones, landlines, other Skype users and even make international calls. Once the device is initially set up (using a computer), the computer connection is no longer needed and only a broadband modem is needed.
The adapter can come bundled with unlimited North America calling, unlimited worldwide calling or just a simple Skype credit for 60 minutes of calling at different price points: $40 for 60-minute Skype credit, $60 for 12 months of unlimited North American calling and 200 minutes of worldwide calling, or $60 for three months of unlimited worldwide calling.
It can be connected to a normal "landline" and use either Skype or local telephone service, or can be connected solely to broadband and a telephone and used as a conventional phone with the purchase of a Skype number and either Skype credit or a subscription plan (like the unlimited North American plan).
The adapter can also store up to 100 speed dials or Skype contacts, and includes the cables needed to connect to internet and telephone equipment. Initial setup requires connection to a Windows PC running XP or later or a Mac running any version of OS X that supports Bonjour. The adapter is available directly from Skype or the eBuyNow site online, or authorized Skype reseller stores and e-tailers.