From: "Benedict Evans" <inherent_at_hotmail.com>
> Symbol make voice over 802.11b handsets with the same purpose (no idea if
> they're voip).
> Not actualy that interesting, really - they're just making the desk on
> phone cordless.
More than that, unless by "cordless" you mean "reachable
in any office of the company anywhere in the world."
> The issue is, you have to play nice with the mobile operator(s) if you
> calls to the mobile number to get routed over your alternative airlink.
> Otherwise people need to have two numbers, and to heck with that.
True enough for direct-dial, but lots of people *prefer* a human
buffer, and once the call has reached the corporation in the
first place, is there much that the telcos can do about where
it gets switched internally?
I don't want to carry two phones, but I would if my company paid
for one of them and made me use it. (Heck, even some freelancers
have their "business" and "personal" mobiles.)
> After all,
> you're effectively doing (very) localised roaming: why should operators
> you plug into their networks if there's no benefit for them?
So as not to lose the business to the ISPs? I agree this is sticky,
but things might get worked out anyway.
> >NetLink WTS operates over WLANs using the
> >802.11b standard to deliver voice calls and
> >voice-enabled applications to mobile users.
> >It allows users to send and receive voice and
> >data calls from IP handsets and mobile clients,
> >such as PDAs or notebooks, as long as they
> >remain in range of other WLAN users or WLAN
> >access points. Unlike mobile phones, VoIP calls
> >over corporate LANs attract no airtime charges.
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Received on Tue Aug 14 21:34:17 2001