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Skype launches new home phone adapter

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Skype, the internet telephone giant recently acquired by Microsoft in an $8.5 billion (£5bn) deal, has today launched a new home phone adaptor, enabling users to make low-cost calls on their existing landlines.

The Freetalk 'Connect-Me' Home Phone Adapter for Skype allows consumers to use their home phone handsets to make calls to other Skype users, as well as landlines and mobiles.

Skype's Freetalk range already includes products on devices such as computers, iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and Skype-enabled TVs, but the launch of the new adapter means that users can keep their own home phone while making low-cost calls via Skype.

The new phone adapter requires a landline handset, a PC and a broadband internet connection to connect to the service. Once the service is active, users do not need to have their computer turned on to make Skype calls on their home phones.
Freetalk 'Connect-Me' Home Phone Adapter for Skype

"Our mission is to make Skype available everywhere so consumers can enjoy conversations whenever and wherever they are," said Enrico Noseda, Skype's head of market development for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"We are delighted to have partners that help us deliver on this mission through the introduction of new products such as the Connect-Me Home Phone Adapter. Now, using Skype at home is as simple as picking up a handset and dialling."

Microsoft pledged to bring Skype to 1bn people worldwide after the software giant completed its multi-billion takeover of the internet telephony firm that was founded in 2003.

Alongside the Freetalk adapter, Skype is also launching a new Skype cordless phone from GE Digital as the latest product in its line of branded handsets.

The new Skype phone and adapter are backed up by a range of calling packages for both domestic and international tariffs, depending on the users' needs.

Meanwhile, research conducted by Skype has revealed that half of Brits would be prepared to work overseas if they knew it was easy to stay in touch with loved ones in the UK.

However, the survey of around 2,000 people also revealed that only 48% of respondents could recall their parents' home phone number, while less than 12% could recall their parents' mobile number.

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