If you have a mobile device with SkypeOut credits and Internet connection, you can now get IM+ for voice and text communication to others with the service, landlines and those on MySpace. It works with no delay with any 3G/GSM/CDMA network, even one with a lower data transfer rate. There is a one time fee with all updates included and you have the option of redirecting incoming calls to voicemail to listen later. The IM+ service is available for $19.95.
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3 Mobile seems to be enjoying the afterglow of their successful Skypephone S2 as they are now working on a Facebook handset. The INQ1 allows you to view your contacts and text or IM through Facebook chat. The cell phone also has HSDPA connection, Skype integration, an eBay tracker and Windows Live Messenger for non-Facebook users. It also doubles as a mobile broadband modem at speed of up to 7.2Mbps. Look for it sometime this month with a price of £99 (~$157.00.)
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Play late night talk show host with the USB Retro Microphone. It has a built-in audio decode chipset and will work with Skype or any other chatting application. The mic has a mute button, a volume switch, and supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Don’t forget the nifty “on the air” sign, even if you are not. At a size of 88 x 88 x 210mm and a weight of 151g, pre-order now for $32.00 for delivery later this month.
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They keep on getting cheaper. Based on a public Chinese low cost case mold, HiVision’s miniNote Linux Laptop has a MIPS based processor, a SDHC card reader, Firefox browser support, Abiword processor, and Skype ability. It also has WiFi, 1GB flash storage, Ethernet compatibility, 3 USB ports, and audio in and out. Of course, automatic software updates are included. The kicker is the fact that it will only cost you $98.00. Take that, Nick Negroponte.
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We appreciate the looks of this prototype VOIP phone that has won the 2008 IF, Red Dot, and IDEA awards. The Tatung has Bluetooth, wireless connectivity and a touchpad for ease of operation. The Internet phone has a customized casing and a nostalgic, nonworking antenna. Other than that, the phone would be great for Skyping when it seems you could use the simplicity. Let’s hope that Nova Design’s award winner becomes reality soon.
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Looking for a new Avatar? Try Face Your Manga. You can use it on your cellie, MySpace, IM, Skype, or any other place in the virtual world. You simply customize the avatar, enter in your e-addy and they will mail it to you. If you don’t like your first design, you can go back and try another combination. The process is quite painless and takes very little time to create and receive your masterpiece. By the way, the free service doesn’t need any registration so you can stay anonymous to a certain extent.
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Here’s a 4-in-1 for those with crowded desk tops and only one USB port. The gadget is a Webcam, microphone, fan, and LED light. The USB 2.0 device works with any chatting software, including Skype, has a dimmer switch, an on/off button, and attaches with a suction cup. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, it is 75 x 75 x 228mm high and weighs 211g. Get yours for $23.00, which makes it less than $6.00 per item if purchased separately.
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The company 3 has announced a new mobile Skypephone. The S2, made by China’s Amoi, has a 22.2-inch 240×320 display, a 3.2 mega pixel camera, and handles GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA. Holding 50 MB of internal memory, it features a microSD card slot and built-in Windows modem drivers that are automatically installed after connecting to a USB port. Look for the S2 in the next couple of months or contact 3 for more info.
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This flexible SB Internet Phone Keyboard has a multi-functional voice communication keyboard, supports Skype, has a built-in mic, speaker, and 2 USB ports. At a size of 340 x 136 x 8mm and a weight of 242g, the peripheral has an ergonomic flat design with concave keycaps, a waterproof silicone surface, and can type silently. Supporting Windows XP/Vista, the keyboard is both storable and portable, and comes with an included cable at a price of $40.00.
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This small MVOX USB Speakerphone is great for Skyping or other applications such as Yahoo IM, AIM, MSN Messenger, Apple iChat, WebEx, NetMeeting, Vonage, and Net2Phone without an external power source. With built-in echo cancellation, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket yet efficient enough to have a full-duplex sound that allows you to talk and hear at the same time. Compatible with both Window or Mac OS, the MVOX comes with earphones at a price of $17.99.
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