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Things might be looking good for consumer VoiceFi (okay it really means voice over wi-fi) according to ABI Research. Phil Solis, analyst with the company points to the recent announcement from the Wi-Fi Alliance that it has formed a Wi-Fi/Cellular Convergence working group (WCC) and the […]

Things might be looking good for consumer VoiceFi (okay it really means voice over wi-fi) according to ABI Research. Phil Solis, analyst with the company points to the recent announcement from the Wi-Fi Alliance that it has formed a Wi-Fi/Cellular Convergence working group (WCC) and the Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) Consortium’s approval of protocols for seamless handoffs between cellular networks and IP-based wireless networks such as Wi-Fi, as signs of a VoiceFi. Solis says, new chips from guys like Texas Instruments and Agere Systems are coming, and are being embedded into the cell phones. Carriers are getting behind this. SBC and BT have publicly said that they will push for the dual network support. “Embedded Wi-Fi ICs are a growth market,” adds Solis, “with those going into cellular handsets forming a big part.” So when does all happen? Solis doesn’t say when, but soon.

  1. I am hearing Verizon will roll out a Voice/Landline/Celluar VOIP product MOBILE device in less than 3 months time……….on a CELL Phone(verizon of course) , you dial your OWN VOIP Landline box(again, VERIZON of course), caller ID recognizes your Phone Number an gives you a VOIP LANDLINE and away you fly to REMOTE FOREIGN territores OFF of your CELL PHONE MOBILE to China for .02 cents per MINUTE?????????????
    Sounding like the JETSONS all over again????????

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  2. Jesse Kopelman Friday, November 5, 2004

    Just remember that when Verizon or (any large carrier, wired or wireless) says they will roll out new technology in soon, they mean they will roll it out for a trial in some place you do not live. The large scale rollout will not come for another 18 months after that, if ever. Somehow, the odds of the trial being where you live are inversely proportional to your desire to try the technology.

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