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Netgear SPH101 Skype Wi-Fi Phone

by Netgear
91 customer reviews
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  • Call anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world for free, no PC required
  • Make and receive Skype phone calls where you have access to a wireless Internet signal
  • Connect to any landline or mobile phone outside of the Skype network for pennies per minute
  • Manage your contact list and display who is available to talk
  • All calls are secure and encrypted with WEP and WPA-PSK Wi-Fi security

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Netgear
  • Model Number: SPH101
  • Conference Call Capability: N
  • Answering System Type: None
  • Intercom: N
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Product Description

Product Description

Unlimited free wireless calls to Skype users, no PC required NETGEAR’s Skype WiFi Phone is the world’s first wireless Internet phone that can make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world, anytime you have WiFi access, without a PC. All of your contacts are shown right on the phone’s color display so you will know exactly who is on-line. You will also be more available for your friends to call, because you no longer have to be on your PC to be connected. You can even make calls to ordinary phones using Skype-Out for just pennies a minute and NO MONTHLY FEES. With the Skype WiFi Phone, NETGEAR makes true mobile wireless Internet telephony a reality. Now for the first time, a phone that lets you use any WiFi network to which you have access, to talk with anyone else who’s also on Skype, anywhere in the world, for absolutely free. Product Description Netgear’s Skype Wi-Fi Phone is the world’s first wireless Internet phone that can make free callsto other Skype users anywhere in the world, anytime you have Wi-Fi access, without a PC. It's the first phone to combine the power of VoIP calling, wireless technology, and Skype's easy software. The result is a phone that you can use anywhere in the world there's a Wi-Fi signal available to call other Skype users for free. No monthly fees and no contracts required.

The Skype phone allows you to call other Skype users for free, or call any number for just pennies per minute from anywhere in the world. See larger.

The handset is easy to use, with a color screen and simple menu system for logging into your account and selecting features.

Wireless technology allows you to use the phone anywhere there's an available Wi-Fi signal.
Unlike other devices that must connect with a PC, the Skype Wi-Fi phone works wherever you're connected to a wireless Internet access point--whether it's in a home, office, cafe, open public hotspot, or any open municipal wireless access point. The Skype experience remains the same, in that you can make free domestic and international calls, as well as talk to non-Skype users for a small fee. With this device, headphones or USB phones plugged into a laptop or PC are not required.

It's pre-loaded with Skype’s software and ready to use out of the box with your wireless network. Just turn on the phone and enter your Skype username and password. The Skype software pulls up your full contact list, displays the connection status on the phone screen, and allows you to connect to any other Skype user for free. If you want to call non-Skype users, it costs just pennies per minute with the optional SkypeOut option.

Frequently Asked Questions on Netgear’s Skype WiFi Phone

Q: What is the Skype WiFi Phone?
A: The Skype Wi-Fi phone is wireless mobile phone that allows you to make free Internet calls to anyone who also has Skype, anytime you have a Wi-Fi wireless Internet connection.

Q: Isn’t Skype designed to just work on PCs and laptops?
A: Not anymore. Now you can walk around within a WiFi network to which you have access and talk to other Skype users anywhere in the world.

Q: On a PC, Skype shows when my contacts are online. How does that work on Skype Wi-Fi Phone?
A: An intuitive on-screen menu lets you see who is online and available to talk, similar to what you see on a PC.

Q: Can I use it to talk with non-Skype users?
A: For a pennies a minute and no monthly fee, you can use SkypeOut minutes to call any phone. The SkypeIn option receives calls from non-Skype users. Skype Voicemail takes your calls when you’re busy or offline. See for rates.

Q: How do I download Skype to the Wi-Fi Phone?
A: Netgear’s Skype WiFi Phone is pre-loaded and ready to use with a wireless network, out of the box.
Q: Can I use the Netgear Skype Wi-Fi phone at any Wi-Fi hotspot?
A: The Skype Wi-Fi phone does not contain a Web browser, so it cannot access hotspots, which require web-based logins or authentications.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.8 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000F76W78
  • Item model number: SPH101
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 7, 2004

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

175 of 180 people found the following review helpful By W. Yeh on September 29, 2006
Much like the Belkin/Accton/SMC/Edgecore rendition of the Skype Wi-fi phone, the Netgear SPH101 runs an embedded version of Linux with custom modules for the wireless and user interface portions. A glaring flaw in the first generation of Wi-fi phone is the lack of an onboard browser with which to access hotpoints that require authentication. Unlike the Belkin and clones, the Netgear SPH101 supports only WPA-PSK rather than the more advanced 802.1x method of authentication. Unfortunately, this prevents the device from being used in many college and corporate wireless environments where 802.1x is increasingly being implemented to authenticate browserless Wi-fi devices. The speaker used for the speakerphone is prone to crackling when used and the position of the microphone on the front of the phone requires careful handling of the phone in order to keep from picking up handling noise or phone movement. The Netgear is unique in that it is the only phone in the current generation to not be derived from the Accton Skype Wi-fi phone whereas the SMC, Edgecore and Belkin are merely cosmetically modified reditions of the Accton. Contrary to some reports floating around the internet, the Netgear SPH101 does not support Skype to Skype text chat. Apparently this feature was present in some prerelease versions of the phone and perhaps will hopefully reappear in the future. Currently, the Netgear SPH101 lacks some features that prevent it from being a true mobile Skype solution. Hopefully the missing features will be added in future revisions of the firmware. Either that, or being that the firmware is based off a build of Arm-Linux, perhaps those features can be added to alternative versions of the firmware by folks similar to those intrepid tinkerers of the Linksys WRT54G.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By K. Biba on October 3, 2006
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Just received mine after long backorder. One major item prevents it being really useful - with no builtin browser there is no way to authenticate and use free or fee-based public WiFi networks except in limited ways - e.g. my home.

No metro based WiFi networks, no coffee shops .. few hotels. So near yet so far.

Sound quality is actually superior to my PC for Skype. Size is good. Recharges off USB cable to my laptop so extra power brick not needed. Power management needs work.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Pietrangeli on November 18, 2006
I bought four of these Netgear wi-fi skype phones for our office since we speak everyday with our engineers on site in Africa.

The idea of having a phone always on without having to be connected with your PC is certainly great and particularly time-saving.

However, even if the phone works quite well, it is full of small bugs.

I had to re-enter the details of my connection 8 times until it memorized them, it lost the phonebook twice, it is not very easy to install, etc. etc.

Therefore if you really need now a wi-fi skyoe phone please buy it. Otherwise wait for a more tested model to appear.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Lane on October 13, 2006
I had this on pre-order for many weeks. Just as it shipped, I saw many negative reviews in here. I decided to take delivery anyway and see for myself.

I have come to regret this decision. The unit is really as bad as previous reviewers have indicated.

Battery life is poor. They advertise 3 hours talktime. I charged the unit fully, left all brightness and timeout settings on default and connected to a WiFi access point that has a signal strength to the SPH101 of between 90% and 100%, so conditions are set reasonably well towards achieving the indicated talk-time. I only got 48 minutes out of it!

In-built speaker which is used to play the ringtones and also in speakerphone mode is extremly low quality. It screeches when the ringtone is played back at any volume level above the lowest setting.

If you set up a preferred access point and this access point does not broadcast it's SSID, the phone will not try to connect to it. You have to manually select the access point from your preferred AP list in the phone and tell the phone to connect. So if your access point doesn't broadcast it's SSID for whatever reason, do not expect the SPH101 to connect to it seamlessly.

Another annoyance is that it doesn't do WPA with AES. TKIP is the only accepted encryption methond. It doesn't do WPA2 at all.

A cool feature I discovered is that the phone seems to have a facility to automatically look for firmware updates and download them. No need to fiddle with cables, FTP, TFTP or web interfaces to get new firmware installed.

I will not send the phone back, because there seems to be no alternative right now and I am hoping that new firmware will come out to address the WiFi and battery-life issues. That would only leave the issue of the speaker quality. Why they put such a cheap and scratchy speaker module in there is beyond me.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo L. on November 17, 2006
After waiting almost 6 months for this Skypephone, and its competitor from Belkin, to come to market through numerous postponements, I just gave up and bought an Asus P525 smartphone. For just over double the price of the Netgear I got a Windows CE PDA with GSM capability and full Skype compatibility. When browsing through your phone contacts your are given the choice to call through GSM or Skype. Because you have built-in Wi-Fi, you can make Skype calls and chats from any covered area, plus you can go on the internet using IE and check your e-mails with Outlook. I have also read that the Skype software that runs on dedicated phones like the Netgear and the Belkin is very crude due to the lack of processing power, whereas with a Windows CE-based device you have much faster processors that allow a Skype software closer to the one used on PCs.

For those of you alergic to Windows, just wait for the Skype for Symbian release and buy a Nokia or SonyEricsson smartphone.

Bottom line: Skype is too good an application to be wasted on poorly designed hardware.
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