Following the earlier partnership announcement from this year's 3GSM Congress, today Motorola and Skype announced America's first Skype-certified Bluetooth headset solution, the "Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit". Available at 3.500 RadioShack stores nationwide, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit enables Skype users to experience the freedom of wireless while making free, unlimited voice calls over the Internet.
Comprised of a Motorola H500 Bluetooth Headset and PC850 PC Adapter, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit also include 30 free SkypeOut minutes so users can make Skype calls to mobile and landline phones without additional charges. To experience wireless communications, users plug in the Motorola PC850 PC Adapter to equip traditional laptops and PCs with Bluetooth technology, load the required software onto the PC and follow a simple, step-by-step procedure to establish the cordless connection between the PC and Motorola H500 headset.
The Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit is the latest offering from Motorola and Skype. Leveraging Motorola's strength in seamless mobility, advanced technologies, devices and accessories along with Skype's rapidly-growing global user base and rich voice and messaging communication tools, the companies aim to provide greater connectivity options and access for Skype's more than 66 million registered worldwide users.
"Motorola and Skype are combining the power of Internet telephony with
Bluetooth technology, redefining the ways that consumers can stay in touch,"
said Bruce Hawver, vice president and general manager, Motorola, Inc.,
Companion Products. "Multi-taskers will be impressed with the streamlined
communications, using the Motorola H500 Bluetooth Headset for either
wire-free mobile or Internet-based calls."
"By working with Motorola,
we're delivering products that make Skype more accessible to consumers and
businesses," said Niklas ZennstrÃƒÂ¶m, Skype CEO and co-founder. "The Motorola
Wireless Internet Calling Kit is the first Skype-recommended Bluetooth
solution in America, reinforcing our mission to evolve the Skype solution
beyond the desktop for on-the-go communications."
With up to approximately six hours of talk time and a lightweight, ergonomic
fit, the Motorola H500 empowers Skype users to embrace wireless connectivity for
Internet calls - up to 30 feet (10 meters) away from a Bluetooth-enabled PC.
Skype users can also have calls automatically forwarded to their mobile phones
when away from the PC and use the Motorola H500 to wirelessly conduct cord-free
conversations on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.
The Skype Motorola Kit is available today at RadioShack and at the online Skype store,
www.skype.com, for US$ 99.99.
If you are not located in the U.S., don't worry.
Basically you can use any USB PC adapter and Bluetooth headset (but
unfortunately Windows XP's Service Pack 2 doesn't support the Bluetooth headset
profile yet so you have to use a Bluetooth adapter which uses another Bluetooth
stack, like the one from Broadcom). During the Internet, I've played with my new
Anycom Bluetooth 2.0 USB dongle and have paired it with my Motorola
Bluetooth stereo headset (which was the reason why I bought this Bluetooth
dongle because it supports the Bluetooth Stereo profile called A2DP also) and it
works just fine with my XP Media Center Edition. Beside I can listen the sound
of my Media Center wireless but through a headset now, I can also use it for
Skype calls (where I've installed
mcePhone for Skype which
makes it even more convenient).
Cheers ~ Arne