Panasonic unveils WiFi phone for VoIP

By Justin Mann on
More evidence of the increased attention on VoIP, Panasonic has announced the release of their first WiFi phone built specifically for the Skype network. The Wi-Fi based phone, dubbed the KX-WP1050, comes with a wireless router for attaching to a local network or a computer, and can also integrate itself in any other open wireless network. It does support encryption and protection such as WPA and offers some QoS technologies to improve quality. It's a tiny thing, weighing in at 4 ounces, and looks almost like a cell. Other specifications make it look like quite interesting too, and make it seem more portable than you'd expect a first-gen WiFi VoIP phone to be:

According to the manufacturer, the 730mAh lithium-ion battery can provide up to a 55 hours standby time, and 4.5 hours talk time, and can be charged with the included travel router, or from a USB connection on a PC. T
Unfortunately, it definitely is not cheap, with an opening MSRP of $399. However, it joins many other VoIP products and likely we'll see many more of these in the future from various manufacturers.

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