BT’s cool WiFi cellphone


Engadget points to a Guardian story about a British Telecom’s WiFi cellphone which is going to come out next year and can make “VoIP calls from any
hotspot and that’ll be able to automatically switch between cellular and WiFi networks.” SBC has plans for such a device, but what will it do to Cingular? Shudder!!!


Andy Abramson

Let’s see. SBC owns part of Cingular. They then start a WiFi phone service. Cingular business erodes. This hurts who? SBC or BellSouth more?

SBC buys BellSouth…

Set, Game, Match.

Jesse Kopelman

If you took away the Network Operations budget and had them bill Sales and Marketing directly, attitudes would change very quickly. Of course, that really makes far too much sense to ever happen.


Good point Jesse… i think this whole notion of fixed price plans is more disruptive than people realize and most telecom companies need to realize this truth and basically change their financial structure in accordance

Jesse Kopelman

If they are smart, it will help them in the residential market where they make no money due to free nights and weekends and increasing in-building penetration requires lots of expensive base stations (vs cheap WiFi hubs that come with DSL).

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