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Stephen Fry likes the S2 Skypephone too

Good man, good man: Stephen Fry has knocked up a comprehensive review of the Skypephone S2:

The S2 is a small, neat unit, manufactured by the Chinese company Amoi. Along the bottom of its bright, clear screen parades a line of familiar icons that allow instant access to Google, Facebook, Windows Messenger and, of course, Skype. It is the work of a moment to input your Skype username and password, and have your buddy list come up and integrate itself instantly with the phone’s address book. You are Skyping in seconds.

By Ewan

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4 replies on “Stephen Fry likes the S2 Skypephone too”

Nice. I wonder if Skype will ever get big into making phones. Then they don't have to worry about making people download their tool. The fewer barriers to users using a tool the better. For instance, at jaxtr, you don't need to download anything to make calls. But nonetheless, it sounds like a cool phone.

I doubt it. For all its being a verb now, Skype actually has a tiny cashflow from the tiny % of users who actually pay them cash to talk. If they made a phone themselves, they would need to MVNO with a partner to run them on. They already sell WiFi handsets, but they don't make them – others do – Linksys Netgear, Belkin etc. Deciding to make and sell a phone is a seriously expensive, long-term move that requires significant cashflow to back it up. I don't think Skype have that, hence all the devices have been done by others, with Skype licencing their app / brand. eBay could back such a move, but it would be a big fight with existing MNO's.

Interesting that on the 'Skypephone S2' the Skype branding is nowhere to be seen, unlike the S1, where it was in-yer-face. Is this less a Skypephone, more a phone that has Skype, among Facebook, MSN etc?

I doubt it. For all its being a verb now, Skype actually has a tiny cashflow from the tiny % of users who actually pay them cash to talk. If they made a phone themselves, they would need to MVNO with a partner to run them on. They already sell WiFi handsets, but they don't make them – others do – Linksys Netgear, Belkin etc. Deciding to make and sell a phone is a seriously expensive, long-term move that requires significant cashflow to back it up. I don't think Skype have that, hence all the devices have been done by others, with Skype licencing their app / brand. eBay could back such a move, but it would be a big fight with existing MNO's.

Interesting that on the 'Skypephone S2' the Skype branding is nowhere to be seen, unlike the S1, where it was in-yer-face. Is this less a Skypephone, more a phone that has Skype, among Facebook, MSN etc?

I doubt it. For all its being a verb now, Skype actually has a tiny cashflow from the tiny % of users who actually pay them cash to talk. If they made a phone themselves, they would need to MVNO with a partner to run them on. They already sell WiFi handsets, but they don't make them – others do – Linksys Netgear, Belkin etc. Deciding to make and sell a phone is a seriously expensive, long-term move that requires significant cashflow to back it up. I don't think Skype have that, hence all the devices have been done by others, with Skype licencing their app / brand. eBay could back such a move, but it would be a big fight with existing MNO's.

Interesting that on the 'Skypephone S2' the Skype branding is nowhere to be seen, unlike the S1, where it was in-yer-face. Is this less a Skypephone, more a phone that has Skype, among Facebook, MSN etc?

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