Jim Louderback, a columnist at eWeek, pipes in with his take on why the phone companies are dead. He makes his argument by pointing to the emergence of communication chips that combine GSM, and Wi-Fi functions.
bq. Hardly. A mostly overlooked announcement on the outskirts of last week’s CTIA show in Vegas portends tumultuous change. Wireless technology vendor TTPCom rolled out its new GSM.11 architecture, a single piece of silicon that combines cellular-based GSM technology with 802.11 LAN. According to TTPCom, we’ll see phones based on GSM.11 by 2005—with a target price of less than $100. That means a cheap T-Mobile or Cingular phone can double as a LAN-based VOIP phone along with working on the cellular network around the world.
Given that so far these chips have been hard to build in volumes, and Intel has struggled with them for sometime, it is hard to get excited. However, Louderback points out that with the new Treo 600 one can combine LAN functions by adding a simple card.