Have friends, relatives, or business contacts located in faraway lands? Internet telephony company Skype is launching its first plan that lets you make unlimited international PC to telephone calls, assuming you’re calling a landline in one of 34 countries covered by the plan.
Most of Europe is covered, as well as the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.The $9.95/month plan doesn’t cover calls to cellphones in all areas, but you can call mobile phones in the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Or you can just convince everybody you know to install Skype on their computers and mobile phones so you can make Skype to Skype calls for free.
With this Buffalo keyboard and built-in Skype phone, otherwise known as the — get ready for it — BKBU-SKJ109/SV, you’ll have everything you need to communicate right in front of you. It’s like a little nerve center for the budding power executive or evil villain.
The receiver is Skype certified, so you won’t have to do much to it to get it to work other than have Skype on your machine and install all of the appropriate software. There is one downside, though, that you’ll notice right when you pick up the set: it’s pretty small. While that’s a good thing in the sense that it doesn’t add too much to the keyboard, you may not feel all that powerful after all. Other than that, you’ve got a full board with 109 keys.
The Buffalo BKBU-SKJ109/SV comes out in Japan, where Skype is crazy popular, in early October for around $65.