Skype goes retail with Radio Shack

Skype goes retail with Radio Shack


RadioShack and Skype announced that they have entered an agreement that allows RadioShack to distribute Skype-ready products in about 3,500 RadioShack retail outlets across the US.

For those three people who have not yet heard of Skype, it is a leading Internet communications firm which has successfully brought free Internet calling to more than 66 million people worldwide since its inception in 2003. Currently, Skype is clocking in about 175,000 new users every day. To use Skype, you only need to download the free software, which enables unlimited calling to other Skype users wherever they may be.

The uniqueness of Skype lies in the fact that it directly resides on your PC or mobile phone to facilitate calling operations. Skype does not only offer Skype-to-Skype calling. It also offers paid, subscription based services enabling you to call regular phones for as low as US $0.02 per minute.

The RadioShack-Skype agreement serves to further push Skype as a leading Internet communications firm in the US, exposing Skype to even more potential users. Moreover, RadioShack’s retail stores offer consumers an outlet where they can buy Skype-certified products such as the Motorola Wireless Headset and Internet Calling Kit, which is the first Skype-certified Bluetooth offering.

Here’s a rundown of other Skype-certified phones and headsets you can get at RadioShack.

– New Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset and PC850 USB Adapter bundled in the Internet Calling Kit (a RadioShack limited offer with an MSRP of US $99.99

– Linksys CIT200 Skype-enabled Cordless Internet Telephony Kit, MSRP US $129.99 (with a limited time US $15 mail-in rebate)

– Logitech Premium USB Headset 250 with an MSRP of US $39.99

– VoIP Voice Cyberphone K USB Internet phone, MSRP of $39.99

– Skype Starter Packs: the Skype Starter Pack, priced at US $4.99 until Dec. 24, 2005, allows anyone to get started with free Skype software, a Skype-enabled headset and 30 SkypeOut minutes to call any number anywhere in the world.