ASUS has launched the first Skype certified videophone allowing unlimited video calling over the Internet.

The AiGuru SV1, part of the Eee Phone product family, has a 7" display and a built-in webcam, speaker and microphone.

WiFi-capable, the videophone lets users make unlimited video calls for free to other Skype users without the need for a computer.

The AiGuru SV1 is Skype’s first foray with a partner into the videophone category.

But with more than 25 per cent of Skype-to-Skype calls including video, it would seem like a logical step.

Designed to be simple to use, the AiGuru SV1 has an icon-based interface and intuitive button layout which should make it easy for anyone to make and receive Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls.

Users can also join voice conferences, which could make the videophone attractive as an all-in-one voice and video conferencing solution for small businesses.

The AiGuru SV1 also allows users to make and receive calls to and from fixed and mobile lines at cheap rates.

Priced at USD $299.95, the ASUS AiGuru SV1 is now available in North America from Skype’s online shop, and will be available from ASUS authorized resellers later this year.

Consumers in Europe can pre-order the videophone from Skype’s shop, priced at €269.95/£219.95, with shipment beginning next week.

The videophone will also be available in retail outlets in Asia Pacific later this year.

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