- Brand Name: Netgear
- Model Number: SPH101
- Conference Call Capability: N
- Answering System Type: None
- Intercom: N
Netgear SPH101 Skype Wi-Fi Phone
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It works, but I just don't use it anymore. Got to have Wi-Fi to use it. Cell phone is better.Published 22 months ago by Flamethrower
Looking back through old items that I had never reviewed I found this one. I cannot believe that there is currently an Amazon vendor trying to get $265 for this junk. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Alan G Reed
Everything works great, but in smartphone era, with free Skype app on your own smartphone you can easily understand that this product is loosing its utilityPublished on December 20, 2012 by Alby83fox
The Skype revolution is booming but the product made to facilitate its use are in the most part CRAP electronics, I bought this so called skype phone and after 6 month of use it... Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Mathew G. Lorenceau
Please do not buy this phone if you are looking for something as easy to operate as the Skype app in your laptop. Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Phil S.
I thought the phone would be really cool, so I ordered it. When I received it, it did not work. Netgear let me ship it back and another arrived in the mail. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by M H Aguilar
I bought this one on Bestbuy and has been the best purchase ever, people say that sometimes the call drops or has a bad quality, that is not because the phone, it is because you... Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by Tanya