Using Skype software to connect to the Internet at any available WiFi hot-spots and access points was always a smart idea. Plus the ease of making completely FREE calls was also a factor in Skpe's popularity. So when the SMC WSKP100 came on the market with Skype software and a wireless client built in, users were more than happy. Using this type of phone also meant that calls could be made and received without needing to be in the vicinity of a home PC giving true mobility.
This phone has been very popular abroad where telephone technology in some countries has been limited. Other users that require mobility such as students and business users have found this phone to be great for making FREE calls within the Skype network. Where the person receiving the call does not have access to a similar phone or PC, calls can still be made to landlines by using Skype's paid services. Great for use in offices, airports, hotels, and near any FREE public WiFi hot-spots.
One downside to the phone is the fact that the phone cannot access wireless hot-spots that employ a web browser portal. The reason for this is that the SMC WSKP100 cannot run one.
Setting up the phone is quick and easy. Once configured, the phone stores your Skype password and so will connect automatically each time the phone is switched on. The device has a 1.8in colour LCD panel screen with a 128 x 160 pixel resolution with a good backlight. This makes it easy to see your menus and contacts, which are navigated by using the small joystick and soft-keys at either side. The device also has a keypad that is backlit by a blue light. On the base of the phone there is battery-charging socket (the phone comes supplied with mains transformer to charge the phone), a full-charge takes around 8 hours. Charging can also be done from a computer by means of an included USB cable.
***Please note that Skype and SMC WiFi Phone are not replacements for an ordinary telephone, as they cannot be used for emergency calling.***