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SCN has created software for certain Nokia phones that will initially enable voice over Bluetooth: Support for Wi-Fi is planned for the future. The software can be loaded onto the phones, which are based on the Symbian operating system, by end users or in advance by operators. The concept is similar to softphones that enable voice over IP calling and are available for download onto PCs.
SCN says that operators and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are testing the application. This type of capability may be most attractive to MVNOs. Operators will likely resist offering an open voice over Wi-Fi service as long as they can, in fear of having to hand off their customers to networks owned by other companies. But an MVNO might be interested in a combined Wi-Fi/cellular offering as a differentiator.
Such downloadable software may be what Ireland’s TalkTelecom has in mind. The company has said that it has trialed a voice over Wi-Fi service, offered to customers who have downloaded software to their phones. The handsets will have to have an operating system like Symbian to enable the download of such an application.
Posted by nancyg at May 18, 2005 6:36 AM
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