By Andrew Liszewski
Panasonic recently announced their KX-WP800 Skype phone and while it will currently only be available in Japan, let’s hope it will eventually be sold in other markets too. Besides the decent sized LCD color display, the 55 hours of standby and the 4.5 hours of talk time, the KX-WP800 includes built-in support for the FON wifi sharing network. So if you happen to be a FON user you can take the handset with you and it will automatically log onto any FON hotspots you come across, allowing you to make wifi calls.
The handset also includes a compact wifi router for setting up a FON hotspot in your home. But if you don’t feel like sharing your net connection, the handset will work just as well with other wifi networks as long as you have the necessary login info. At about $296 it’s definitely not cheap, but in the long run it could end up saving you money if you use it enough to offset your regular phone bill.