For smug PC users, Skype handsets have been raining like beer at an Oasis concert. Mac users, on the other hand, have been left somewhat high and dry. But not any more, for superlative VOIP phone maker Ipevo has just released a beta Mac driver for its Free-1 phone.
Luckily for Apple-kind, Ipevo is something of an Ikea of the technology market, being a company with a modicum of design sense that doesn't charge the earth. Sticking to the John Smith's 'no nonsense' approach, it's produced something that will not only hold its head high next to your iPod and Powerbook but also has usability in mind.
Just as with the PC version, the three PlayStation buttons at the top of the phone can be customised to access Skype features. Out of the box they're pre-programmed to 'start chat', 'send voicemail' and 'change ringer style'. Below, the green 'Buddy Jog' toggles through names in your Skype contacts list. After that there's the obvious red and green end and answer keys, a couple of volume controls and buttons to launch the main software and also Skype Out. Our favourite trick is the contacts button which opens the program's contacts window and allows you to search for names using the keypad's alphaneumerics – nice.
Skype for Mac