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February 14, 2006

Nokia 6136 Has Seamless GSM, Wi-Fi Roaming

By Glenn Fleishman

Unlike previous dual-mode phones, this model can switch during a call between network types: This form of seamless roaming is the holy grail, as it allows a user to roam within a Wi-Fi signal and switch to the cheaper service; or to avoid a call being interrupted when walk out of Wi-Fi range. This phone is designed for operators who want to offer UMA to their customers. UMA services will offer substantially reduced rates for calls make over unlicensed (generally Wi-Fi) spectrum as the call will be carried over backhaul that the carrier doesn’t have to pay for or has fixed costs to cover.

Posted by Glennf at February 14, 2006 4:06 PM

Categories: Hotspots, UMA

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Can this phone browse web page by WI-FI like PDA or only good for VOIP using WI-FI ?

Posted by: andy at March 17, 2006 5:00 AM

I doubt it.
Basically this allows the phone companies to treat unencrypted wifi networks as towers. They are still going to charge on a per/mb, and minute rate. Get yourself a SIP enabled wifi phone (you can get more than 1000 mins/month for less than 15 dollars if you look arround for carriers.

[Editor's note: There are no US hotspot operators that charge per MB fees for access, so not sure where the logic comes from. A SIP Wi-Fi phone still needs to have access--and that requires open, free hotspots or deals with hotspot networks.--gf]

Posted by: MAX at September 16, 2006 10:44 AM

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