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November 20, 2005

Skype to make US retail debut at RadioShack

Greg Sandoval at CNET:

Net telephone service Skype Technologies is set to make its first appearance in a U.S. retail store.

The Luxembourg-based Net telephony company, founded by the people behind the Kazaa peer-to-peer service, is expected to announce on Monday that it has struck a partnership with consumer electronics chain RadioShack.

More than 3,000 RadioShack locations nationwide on Monday will begin offering the Skype Starter Kit, which includes the software that enables a customer to use Skype’s free computer-to-computer telephone service, a headset and 30 minutes of Skype’s premium service, with which a user can call a landline or cell phone, company executives said.

The move is an attempt by Skype, the world’s largest provider of voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, to introduce its service to mainstream America.

And just in time for Christmas.

Posted at 2:40 pm. Filed under Companies, Internet, RadioShack, Skype, VoIP

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One Response to “Skype to make US retail debut at RadioShack”

  1. Cool Tech Reviews » Blog Archive » Skype 2.0 beta rolls out video calling Says:

    [...] If you don’t have a microphone or headset/speakers, you can run on down to RadioShack where the promised Skype Trial Kit is now on sale for $4.99 for which you’ll get a headset and 30 free minutes of “SkypeOut” calls to regular phones. They also have Skype compatible internet phones and fancier headsets, and I’m sure they wouldn’t be put out at selling a webcam too so you can try the video version. [...]

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