Two cellular players that have been pretty high profile lately are making even more news, this time together.
Two cellular players that have been pretty high profile lately are making even more news, this time together. Vonage, a leader in IP telephone services, has joined forces with UTStarcom, one of the major handset vendors. Vonage announced the F1000 portable Wi-Fi handset, which is manufactured by UTStarcom and configured with Vonage's Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service. The result is a voice-over-wireless LAN (VoWLAN) system.
This means that the handset can be used over a Wi-Fi network. The first version is for 802.11b, the lowest common denominator. And it comes in at a reasonable cost: $130 with a $50 instant rebate.
The F1000 handset includes Vonage's standard features, such as three-way calling, call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, and so on. Like a cellular handset, talk time is about five hours, and standby is up to 100 hours.
I imagine this will open the flood-gates to similar products. But it's nice to see that each vendor is sticking to what it does best, rather than have one or the other try to shoehorn a square offering into a round hole.