Accton, a Taiwanese firm, announced its Skype-enabled Wi-Fi phone last week. The Accton SkyFone WM1185-T can be used to make free p2p calls via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) without using a PC.
In December the company will ship 5,000 samples to Skype's business partners and wireless broadband service providers for testing and volume shipments are expected in the first quarter of 2006.
The Skype phone will feature a talk time of 4 hours and a standby time of 20 hours. It will be priced at approximately $150. The company is now trying to make the production process cheaper to drop the retail price to $100, Accton's executive vice president Ken Lu said.