Consumer VoiceFi soon

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.

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