January 6, 2005
The line between what we call the VoIP industry and consumer electronics blurred further this morning with the announcement of Uniden entering the VoIP market, more specifically WiFi telephony otherwise known as wireless VoIP. According to Uniden: The Uniden UIP1868 is a 5.8GHz digital expandable cordless phone with built-in VoIP adapter, expandable up to ten handsets, allowing consumers to experience the extended features, convenience and affordability of VoIP communication in every room of their homes.
My prediction of the iPOD like VoIP consumer electronics device may become a dream if there are now dozens of WiFi telephony phones available now but then again there were dozens of MP3 players around before Apple invented the iPOD and somehow companies like Creative Labs (I am certainly dating myself... They are just called Creative these days) are playing catch-up in a market they used to dominate. The opportunity exists still to come up with a design that encompasses the best of cell phones and VoIP in a single device. include IM, SMS, a camera, wall paper, games, etc. On the service side include free conferencing for 90 days. You think kids are spending a lot on technology now? Wait till they get used to conferencing with 5 of their friends while doing home work or just socializing. Here is an enhanced service customers will appreciate and will pay for. Now this is the future of communications.I am looking forward to TMC's VoIP Developer show
this August (2005) to see what new designs are coming onto the market.Here is the full Uniden release