Siemens/Skype Team Up With Cordless Adaptor

Telecommunications equipment manufacturer releases USB adaptor that allows its Gigaset phones to work directly with Skype's VoIP offerings.

Telecommunications equipment manufacturer Siemens Communications has released a USB device that allows the use of PC-based softphone with the company’s Gigaset line of DECT-based cordless telephones.

The device, called the Gigaset M34 USB, passes telephone signals wirelessly between a computer and cordless satellite phones connected to a Gigaset base station, such as the Gigaset S645, Gigaset S440/445 or Gigaset C340/345.

The device, currently available only in Europe, comes packaged with a voucher of up to 120 minutes of calls using Skype Technologies’ SkypeOut service.

Siemens offering is the second hardware device on the market that allows the use of cordless telephones with PC-to-phone services such as SkypeOut. The first, the ChatCord, manufactured by Israel-based Osprey Engineering, allows any cordless phone to use softphone clients, such as Skype.

“We launched the Siemens Gigaset Internet telephony solution so that consumers can benefit from cheaper or even free-of-charge calling and messaging,” said Paul Reitmeier, President of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) Devices of Siemens AG – Communications. “We are delighted to be working with Skype to offer Internet users an enhanced traditional phone experience.”

“Siemens continues its pioneering innovation by delivering a giant step forward for Internet telephony and messaging services for the residential market,” said Niklas Zennström, Skype CEO and co-founder. “Skype is expanding the range of complimentary platforms to provide consumers with choice and flexibility alongside the quality gains and cost-savings of modern calling.”