The rates have been cut quite a bit. For example, you can make calls to a landline in France for $0.02/min, while it will only cost you $0.10/min to call a mobile phone in UK and chat up your British friends. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free for the rest of 2011. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed from outside these countries will be charged $0.01 per minute. That’s a bargain.
Many set top boxes are boring, but that’s not the case here. Free, an ISP in France, has introduced the Freebox v6 Revolution, a set-top box designed by Philippe Starck. The device offers a 250GB hard drive and an internal 802.11n Wi-Fi module, Blu-ray drive, web browser, Intel’s Atom CE4100 media processor and also a motion-sensing remote.
So you will get live/streaming TV options, Internet, gaming and even at-home calling. What can’t it do? They also throw in a joystick and a pair of powerline adapters. The device is already available for pre-order and will cost you between EUR59.99 ($80) to EUR119.99 ($161). Not bad considering all it does.
Sounds like great news at first, but the problem is, you can’t call Skype out to regular lines domestically to save minutes. On AT&T, the fring iPhone app allows Skype-out calling. When will Verizon allow domestic Skype-out?