Feeds
75%
Netgear_sph101_tiny

Netgear SPH101 Wi-Fi Skype phone

VoIP without a PC

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

In use, the call quality of the SPH101 is very good, even on a 2Mbps broadband connection. The quality will depend on how much incoming and outgoing bandwidt is available as well as on how good the wireless connection is. Call quality was equally good to other Skype users as it was to landlines and mobile phones.

Netgear_sph101_front

Netgear claims the SPH101's battery delivers two hours' talk time and up to 20 hours of standby. I have to say that these are fairly close to what I experienced and the battery goes down quite quickly when in use.

The only odd thing I noticed over the days I used the SPH101 was that it sometimes would randomly reboot for no apparent reason. Slightly inconvenient, but it never happened during a call.

At seven pence over £156 the SPH101 is not a cheap device, but it beats every other VoIP phone I've used hands down in terms of both call quality and ease of use.

Verdict

The SPH101 is an excellent device. You're limited to using Skype and Skype only as your VoIP service, but as long as you're happy with this and can afford the cost, then this is a top-notch VoIP phone, despite its limitations. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

75%
Netgear_sph101_tiny

Netgear SPH101 Wi-Fi Skype phone

It's pricey, but the SPH101 is a doddle to use and works very well...
Price: £156 inc VAT RRP

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.