Skype phone now does DECT as well

[intro]Just what VoIP needed - an old-fashoned landline connection [/intro] Last year's Skype phone was a nice idea: hitch it up to your wireless n

[intro]Just what VoIP needed - an old-fashoned landline connection [/intro]

Last year's Skype phone was a nice idea: hitch it up to your wireless network, and you could make free calls to other Skype-ites from anywhere in your home. No more sitting at your PC looking like a call centre operator.

But clearly, some people struggled to get their heads around having two sets of phones - one for internet, and the other for landline.

Now Netgear, the maker of the original Skype phone, is trying to jump that hurdle. Its new SPH200D dual-mode DECT phone invites VoIP and land calling into the same room, and tells them to behave. It's a simple idea, and should go down a storm, especially when you consider that the newcomer supports up to four handsets.

You get the keep the first Skype phone's ability to retrieve your contacts. It's on sale immediately, and will be priced at $199 in the US.