Tom Keating’s got the right idea when he raises the question– Where is Skype’s support for hardphones? The new SkypeIN feature, which allows you to have Skype be your carrier for inbound phone calls, would be so much more appealing if you could use it with an actual telephone.
I don’t think Skype believes it can be a total phone replacement without being compatible with regular phones. SIP providers like Vonage and Broadvox give you an Analog Telephone Adapter, but Skype’s solution is to have you plug a USB handset into the PC running skype? OUCH. Echos of that dismal, gimmicky mid-90’s software, ‘Internet Phone’.
Something tells me Skype’s got a much bigger plan indeed.
Here’s hoping that, at the ‘05 Internet Telephony expo, Skype is talking about things that can really help it displace the Baby Bells: Some kind SIP compatibility or gateway, universal analog phone compatibility via an ATA or on-premise VoIP gateway, and a less dimissive attitude towards Quality of Service. I.e., a real enterprise posture.
I’m pulling for you, Skype, but you’ve got a long way to go.
Can you imagine not “reaching for the phone” when it rings?