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The Wi-Fi Alliance released an intriguing study that shows the demand for converged calling: The study, conducted by ABI Research and the alliance, said that in a survey of 1,200 U.S. wireless subscribers, a quarter would switch to have cheaper prices for calling at home, while one third (when combining different responses) would drop a home phone line if they could get both better cell quality and lower prices when calling at home.
Siemens and Nokia want to ease handoffs between VoWLAN and GSM networks: It’s appealing to companies and operators alike to have a single handset that can work on a VoWLAN within a company and GSM when roaming. The two companies will work on providing seamless handoffs. The specific products that will be improved are Nokia’s popular E series of phones and Siemens’s MobileConnect server for fixed-mobile convergence. The E60 is compatible, as is a Windows Mobile 5 smartphone from Fujitsu-Siemens.