Philips Introduces World’s First PC-Free Skype-Certified DECT Phone at IFA 2006

philips voip841Philips is to introduce the world’s first DECT phone for Skype™, that works without a PC, to communicate via the Internet. The Philips VOIP841, is amongst the latest digital home communications products Philips is showcasing at IFA 2006.

Philips is continuing to drive innovation in digital home communication by providing a full range of handsets and devices that enable crystal clear voice calls via the Internet. These introductions include the Skype-certified VOIP841, which has been specifically designed for Skype users and distance callers wishing to take advantage of the cost savings available from Internet Telephony. As the VOIP841 works independently, Skype users can benefit from total flexibility and call even when their PC is not connected.

The advanced design reflects the real innovation brought by this modern phone. Contacts are easy to see on the 65k full color, full graphic display, and calling them is straightforward with Skype & SkypeOut™. The enhanced speakerphone and outstanding voice clarity bring emotion back to phone calls. The phone will be available for Christmas 2006.

“There is enormous potential in the global market for VOIP handsets and Philips is committed to gaining a leadership position by providing an attractive and innovative product range. These latest introductions demonstrate how Philips is giving consumers maximum choice of how, when and where they make telephone calls and enjoy the cost savings and performance advantages that VOIP offers,” said Lucas Covers, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Philips Consumer Electronics.

New VOIP handsets and headsets
Philips is also to launch the sleek VOIP080 handset, featuring a wired USB PC connection, free calls worldwide via Skype and excellent conversation quality with the convenience of a classic phone. The Philips USB phone for Skype, the VOIP080, also benefits from a unique roll-up cable management system enabling the USB cable to be wrapped around the phone, ensuring no more knots in the phone cable. The VOIP080 is the perfect Skype travel companion.

In addition to these new handsets, Philips also announced the launch of a range of universal hands-free multimedia headsets designed specifically for Internet based entertainment including VOIP calling, gaming, music and video.

The SHM3100, SHM3300 and SHM6100 offer excellent sound quality at affordable prices and are perfect partners for any PC-based activities. They come highly recommended by Microsoft for use with the latest release of Windows Live Messenger™. Styles range from in-ear (SHM3100), neckband (SHM3300) and headband (SHM6100), allowing maximum comfort and flexibility.

Philips will also be showcasing two of its recently introduced breakthroughs in IP telephony, the Philips DECT phone for Window Live Messenger, VOIP433, and the Philips phone for Skype, VOIP321. The VOIP433 offers both conventional landline phone calls as well as free or cheap calls over the Internet via Microsoft Windows Live™ Messenger, successor of the MSN® Messenger service. The VOIP433 is as easy to use as any conventional telephone, and features the unique ease-of-use benefit of enabling callers to instantly see which of their Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger contacts are online with a single press of the Messenger key.

The Philips VOIP321 phone combines total cordless mobility, ease-of-use and crystal clear DECT digital voice quality with the dual convenience of enabling consumers to make free Skype calls via a broadband Internet connection.

About Royal Philips Electronics
About Royal Philips Electronics Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 30.4 billion in 2005. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 158,000 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions.

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