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Nokia Siemens merger

June 19, 2006

Nokia based out of Finland and Germany's Siemens announced today plans to merge their telecommunication equipment divisions which would create the world's third-biggest equipment group worldwide.

Each company will hold exactly 50% of the new company called Nokia Siemens Networks. The merger still requires approval, but this is another trend towards reversing the phone company breakup (AT&T) and the formation of just a few monopolistic phone companies and phone manufacturers.  Kind of reminds me of the bad guy (T-1000, Robert Patrick) in Terminator 2 that was broken into a million pieces in the warehouse only to reform back to its original shape. Can't find that exact scene, but here's the famous Terminator 2 Helicoptor scene where the T-1000 reforms in the cockpit.

MINO Wireless uses VoIP for 2.2 cents per minute mobile calls to China

June 16, 2006

MINO Wireless, a Sunnyvale, CA-based mobile services company, today announced a campaign to promote its International Call from Mobile Phone service through Chinese media in the US. MINO service makes international calls easy and affordable by using Internet (or VoIP) call technology.

With MINO, users can call from the US to China from their mobile phones at 2.2 cents per minute. MINO’s ads are planned to appear in Chinese language print media Singtao and World Journal, on local TV station KTSF, which broadcasts ethnic programming, and on SVC and Singtao Radio.

FYI: World Cell Phone Sales Leaders

June 15, 2006

ATS DECT 6.0 cordless VoIP phones

June 13, 2006

Tomorrow, American Telecom Services, Inc. (ATS) will announce the release of its first DECT 6.0 cordless multi-handset Internet phone. The master units (E6501) are expected to retail at a sub $50 mark (likely $49.99) and the extensions (E6502) will each retail for sub $30 (likely $29.99).

The E6501 includes ATS’ patent-pending Digital Clear functionality and is expandable to up to five total handsets.  ATS claims this is the first cordless phone to use DECT technology that integrates a router and a SIP VoIP platform in the charging base of the master cordless phone unit. Uniden makes a cordless phone system, which I recently reviewed - the UIP1869V, that supports SIP, but it's not DECT and its locked to Vonage, so the ATS phone system is the first cordless phone system (DECT or otherwise) that is an open SIP system to use with any VoIP provider that provides you with SIP credentials.

Linksys WIP330 Wireless-G IP Phone Review

June 12, 2006

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The Linksys WIP330 Wireless-G IP Phone is one of the coolest gadgets I've tested in awhile. Linksys sent me a WIP330 for a product review two weeks ago and I played around with it quite a bit, but just never found the time to write the review. Well, here goes, an exclusive look at the Linksys WIP330 Wireless-G IP Phone...

The Linksys WIP330 Wireless-G IP Phone enables VoIP service through a Wireless-G network connected to the Internet to make low-cost VoIP calls through your Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP). The handset features peer-to-peer dialing, speed dial, 3-way conferencing, call waiting, call transfer, and call forward, mute, hold and selectable ringtones.

Moto? No, Muto, As in Mutoscopes (Old Is New Again)

June 5, 2006

Now get ready for this!

The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, the oldest movie company in America (established in 1895), has signed a distribution deal with Strom Magellan to release “Mutoscopes” worldwide.

Plantronics Voyager 510-USB Bluetooth headset review

May 25, 2006

Plantronics sent me their Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset to review. Unlike any other Bluetooth headsets, the Plantronics Voyager 510 USB Bluetooth headset is the first to simultaneously support both VoIP softphones on your PC and your Bluetooth mobile phone simultaneously -- negating the need to deregister/re-register your Bluetooth connection with the other device. Plantronics is able to do this using their exclusive Multipoint Technology.

Measuring 4.0 x 2.5 x 0.8 inches and weighing 5.6 ounces, the Plantronic Voyager 510 headset is pretty lightweight - after awhile you don't even notice it is there. It is slightly heavier and bulkier than the Motorola HS850 , but I found the Voyager 510-USB much more comfortable on my ear.

Agile Messenger for Windows Mobile 5.0 speaks MSN, AOL,Yahoo,Google Talk

May 23, 2006 has announced the release of Agile Messenger for Windows Mobile 5.0, an instant messaging client for mobile phones and handheld computers which communications with the popular instant messaging networks of MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, ICQ, Google Talk or any other XMPP network. It even has VoIP push-to-talk functionality.

Here's the news... Ltd., a software development company with its primary focus on development of software for mobile phones and handheld computers, has announced the release of Agile Messenger for Windows Mobile 5.0.

Agile Messenger is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for mobile phones and handheld computers and provides a seamless connection to the public instant messaging networks of ICQ, AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk and any other XMPP networks.

Palm Treo goes VoIP

May 19, 2006

VoIP for the Treo is now available. With the recent launch of the new Treo 700p, MantraGroup's timing to launch their VoIP client called mobiVoIP for the Palm-based OS couldn't be better. They claim to be the first VoIP solution targeted for Palm OS Devices. “We are the first company to release a VoIP solution for Palm OS.

RTX LAN Cordless DUALphone supports GIPS

May 17, 2006

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