Monday, October 06, 2003


VoIP phone maker plans a cell hybrid | CNET News.com  

VoIP phone maker plans a cell hybrid | CNET News.com: "VoIP phone maker plans a cell hybrid
Last modified: October 3, 2003, 2:44 PM PDT
By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Mitel Networks is developing a voice-over-Internet Protocol phone console that works with cell phones, another sign of how these two communications devices are beginning to merge into one.
While inside a building, the phones use an office's voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) network. Once outside, though, they switch over to a cell phone network, Mitel Chief Operating Officer Paul Butcher said this week."

This is the first step. Next comes a phone that will connect for VoIP either inside a building or, using the cell-provider's data capability, to VoIP anywhere cell phone wireless web is available. Tie that in with some kind of cell phone/PDA hybrid and you have pretty near seamless data and voice access.

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