So you might recall some mutterings last week that implied that an iPhone would be announced on Monday. Well as I said the other day, there will be an iPhone announcement tomorrow, but it’s not from Apple. No, it’s actually from someone completely different.
Linksys will announce Monday morning the addition of two new phones to its iPhone product line. It has launched seven phones under the iPhone moniker since the summer of 2004.
The two new devices are model CIT400, the iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit for Skype (pictured), and model WIP300, the iPhone Wireless-G Phone for Skype. The CIT400 is a cordless phone base station that plugs directly into your network via Ethernet. Skype is embedded in the device so that users can make calls without having to turn on a computer. It has an MSRP of $179.99.
The WIP320 is a completely wireless phone that users can make calls with from wherever they can access WiFi. Since the availability of wireless access points is expansive these days, this device gives users extensive freedom to use their Skype accounts on the go. The WIP320 can be had for $199.99.
I know this wasn’t what most people were expecting, or what some were led to believe, but it’s not a bad showing from Linksys. With Skype having just announced the cost for 12 months of its unlimited calling plan being available for $14.95 until the end of Jan. (and then $29.95 after that), telephony products like these are poised to become quite formidable land line alternatives.