Belkin has announced a wi-fi phone for Skype. No need to attach anything to your computer, this device will talk directly to a broadband wi-fi connection, any connection. Skype software comes pre-loaded.

Now you can make calls from a handset from any open hotspot.

If you already have a Skype account, it’ll pull in your contact list from your account the first time it connects.

It supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2 with PSK encryption but doesn’t support browser-based authentication so public hotspots that require you to login to a web page such as hotels are out.

The phone will be on sale next month for $179 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.