Plantronics and Skype have teamed up to offer Mac users a great deal on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications.
The companies are offering 120 free minutes of calling to anyone buying a .Audio 45 Plantronics headset. Available at high street stores, such as Dixons and PC World, the usual per-minute price is just 0.6 Euro cents - a fraction of a UK penny.
If a user chooses to make in international call then that call only costs the standard cost per minute of the country being called, rather than the customary international charge. Users are billed to their nominated credit card account.
Skype lets Mac users make VoIP calls to other Skype users on any platform, or to any landline or mobile phone worldwide. Over 12 million users from 207 countries and territories worldwide have already downloaded Skype. As a result, the demand for high quality headsets has increased.
Plantronics European managing director, Philip Vanhoutte, said: "The adoption rate of headsets is now rising across a number of major markets. Having once been perceived as a very niche product, headsets are now an integral part of an increasing number of applications, such as VoIP, in both the business and consumer markets."
In related news, Swedish operator, Perfect Communications, this week announced its Phonette WiPhone. This WIFi phone is described as: "An easy-to-use wireless IP handset that provides comprehensive voice communication in areas equipped with WLAN/WiFi access points".
The company explained its product, "works just like any other cell phone when in the coverage of a WLAN. It can also be used as a cordless handset for residential environment. Subscription to an IP-Telephony Provider gives the user the possibility to place calls to and from regular phones, as well as making free calls over IP/Internet."