Off topic: What on earth is "browser authentication"?
Thread poster: Dr. Andrew Frankland

Dr. Andrew Frankland  Identity Verified
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Dec 15, 2007

Dear All,

I'm thinking of buying myself, or having somebody buy me, a Skype WiFi phone for Christmas but I'm a little confused about whether it would be of any use. The technical specs state: "It connects to any open or secure WiFi network (that does not require browser authentication)", and that last bit has got me competely flummoxed. Are there any techies out there who can explain this in plain English? Does it just mean that you don't need a web browser to be able to connect?

Thanks for any comments,


PS Being brain-dead today, I originally posted this in Spanish in this forum and a moderator kindly moved it to the Spanish forum, which is why I'm posting again.

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Marcelo Silveyra
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Answers... Dec 15, 2007

Hi Andy,

In human (or common if you ever played AD&D....erm, let's not go there, alright?) , "browser-based authentication" means that you log into a service through a browser by entering a username and password, with cookies, or something along those lines (including clicking on an "I agree to the terms and conditions" button in hotel networks). In other words, "browser authentication" means that you DO need a browser to log into the network. Given the number of WiFi networks out there that require browser authentication (at least in the US), I would say that the cell phone is pretty much useless if you're planning to move around with it (i.e. anywhere away from home). However, it seems that this issue can be circumvented with firmware updates:

Unless you want to do some more research, however, and assuming that you want to use the cell phone like an actual cell phone, and not just with your wireless home network, I would suggest getting yourself something else for Christmas

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Hmmmm... Dec 15, 2007

I haven't had much experience with the Skype phones, only one to be honest. Just a few days ago I had to call my agency on Skype, and they couldn't hear me and I couldn't hear them. I was wondering, because I use Skype almost every day to call friends etc. and it always works fine. Needless to say, it turned out the agency was using a Skype phone. I still don't know why it didn't work.

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Very interesting links... Dec 16, 2007

This some new information to me. I have been using Nokie N95 and turned to edge services last week, downloaded fring tool from and I am perfectly able to communicate with all skype users. I think generally the N series is an intended design for this. Best regards, Brandis

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Moving this thread... Dec 16, 2007

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