Cisco To Launch Skype Competitor Rethink On Pricing

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Cisco is getting set to launch their Skype competitor in Australia, but not before a major rethink on pricing.This week Cisco bought their Umi and TelePresence services together in an effort to deliver “full interoperability” between the two services which will deliver Full HD video conferencing in the home.

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But unlike Skype which is free, Cisco will charge for their services, however a free HD calling client called Umi Connect for PC and Mac (think SkypeHD) is set to be released.

The Umi 720 system works with slower broadband connections. The 720 will cost around $449 when it is launched.

Cisco is also expected to launch their Umi 1080 which has been slashed in price in the USA to $499.

Service fees have also fallen from $275 to $99 a year and from $24.95 to $9.95 for those who want to pay monthly.

The Umi 1080  system is equipped with a 1080p camera module, remote, and a separate set-top box. According to Cisco, the Umi is designed for 1080p video calls with 720p/30 recording and a fallback to 720p / 480p if bandwidth is constrained.

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