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The first clamshell WiFi Phone from D-Link is now shipping. This is a SIP (PsipTN) compatible phone, so Skype users may want to look elsewhere.

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To make calls from the phone, users will have to subscribe to a VoIP plan with a 3rd party provider, as D-Link just makes the phones. The phones will cost $249, and is available now for all you flip-phone fans.

In our view, when WiMax and its 3~5 mile range gets deployed in a few years, those phones will prove an interesting competitor to cellphones. Until then, WiFi access spots are a bit sporadic for using these phones as your sole contact device.

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Press Release [D-Link via Digital Trends]