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Hello launches converged Wi-Fi, cell voice services with single phone model: Users of Norway’s Hello network must use a Qtek phone to get the benefits of Wi-Fi/cell roaming for voice. The Windows Mobile-based telephone handles seamless switchovers between the cell network and VoWLAN-based telephony. Hello is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), reselling airtime from two Norwegian operators; it debuted in April.
Charges for the converged, de facto unlicensed mobile access (UMA) plans include one in which minutes are charged on top of a set monthly fee, with a different per-minute charges based on whether the cell or Wi-Fi network is used. (The story says Hello isn’t using UMA, which is a standard, but from the end user perspective, it walks and talks like UMA.)
Posted by Glennf at May 16, 2006 3:35 PM
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