Summary: For the faint of heart who leap into the world of Skype with this phone will do well to remember to get a top quality Wireless N type router. Although it will do well with the regular G routers, N is preferable. Pros: Lightweight, fits the hand well, very user friendly screen and controls (I dig the little thumb toggle in the middle.
Summary: The Belkin Skype Phone does exactly what it claims; acts as a standalone Skype node when connected to a nearby WiFi hotspot. The calls are clear, the battery life is good, it can store your Skype contacts - all very handy. Don't expect it to do much else that mobile phones do, though - there's no camera, no audio or video players, no storage (other than the friends list etc. in RAM), no address book, extra wallpapers, ringtones...
a good value but poor quality and bad support from Belkin
J. Chen, Amazon
25 March 2009
Summary: It works like a cell phone around house with 802.11 network connection. It is convenient and you can call people around-the-world with cheap phone bills. However the product was poorly made with back cover as thin as a paper. I broke the back cover when I trid to open it up to install the battery. I called the Belkin and try to get a replaced back cover. They asked me to send back the whole phone.
Summary: I read all the reviews of this and other wi-fi phones posted on Amazon, and settled for this model. I'm happy with my purchase. I'm deployed to Iraq, and even with the less than desireable internet availability here, the phone works just fine 95% of the time. When it doesn't work, it's because of the slow connection available here (a group of us have satellite internet, but it's still not the most reliable connection).
Summary: I'm updating this review. I'm apparently not allowed to change the number of stars or I'd drop it to zero. I ended up stomping on this phone and crushing it's plastic body under my heel, which was recommended by a friend and also by example of the printer in "Office Space". It simply dropped calls, all the time, and for no good reason. Save your money and skip this junk. Completely unnecessary.
Summary: I've been using this phone for about a month now, at home, office and on the road. Smoothly connected to WEP enabled 2-wire router, 2 Hotel MAC filtering routers, T-Mobile Hot Spot, and a multitude of unsecured networks. Wifi sensitivity and range exceed my HTC TyTn. Have used it outside the U.S. for calls back home. Wife is so comfortable with it that she now uses it at home to save on long distance charges.
Summary: I bought this phone about two weeks ago and have used it to call across the country numerous times and to England on a few occasions. Initially, many of the calls seemed to have a faint echo in the background, but after a few minutes I never heard it again. People on the other end of the line made no comment as to the connection being bad. I reduced my home service substantially and am using this phone and Skype exclusively for long distance.
Summary: I too was awaiting this -- for many months. It works well so far on my home network. Haven't taken into the big bad world yet. Sound quality is fine -- the person on the other end sometimes hears an echo, but overall good. I wish there were some controls on the side of the phone to get into a memorized setting, or an indicator for voicemail. Wish the screen didn't smudge as much. Wish the battery laster longer. And last but certainly not least, I wish it had a cradle.