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.