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Network Computing looks at the Voice over IP over wireless LAN landscape: Only 100,000 to 150,000 VoWLAN phones were shipped in 2004, but the market in five years is for tens of millions between converged and VoWLAN-only phones.
Frank Bulk writes about the challenges of deploying VoWLAN handsets and infrastructure, from the high cost for phones to the rip-and-replace necessity for existing WLANs. Why can’t it be overlaid? Because phones have lower-powered radios than laptops and have to work in stairwells, and other interstices of business spaces.
Nokia introduced three phones today, one of which brings Wi-Fi to the consumer level: The phones will be released next year for several hundred dollars each. The N80 uses Wi-Fi for Internet browsing and synchronization, and will also handle voice—but that feature requires a software partner they haven’t finalized yet, the company said in this AP story.