Interesting release from a research firm regarding dual mode phones (i.e can use cell network or VoIP) - somethng I have been espousing as well in this blog. The advantage of a dual-mode or should I say dual-transport cellular phone is that it can use either the cellular network or VoIP over WiFi/3G/WiMAX, etc.
In theory, if the cell phones use standard SIP, you can make/receive phone calls using your home's broadband VoIP phone number. So rather than call forwarding say your Vonage phone number to your cell phone when you leave the house, you can simply logon to Vonage's network using a SIP client on the cell phone and then you will receive phone calls made to your home Vonage phone number on your cell phone.
There are other obvious advantage as well. Instat predicts an explosion of new cell phones due to the advantages offered by dual-mode cellular/VoiP hybrids. I couldn't agree more.
Check out the release:
VoIP IC Market to Get Big Boost from Cell Phone Sales
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., January 10, 2005 - VoIP IC revenue will rise from $137.6 million in 2003 to $938.4 million in 2008, according to In-Stat (http://www.in-stat.com). The main driver for this rapid growth will be the integration of VoIP functionality with many "dual-mode" cellular/VoIP (over WLAN) handsets, gaining mainstream traction in 2006 and ramping up extremely quickly in 2007 and beyond.
"In-Stat believes that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the future of voice communications," says Sam Lucero, In-Stat analyst. "And while stationary VoIP deployments have been the first to gain traction in the market, mobile VoIP actually represents the greater market opportunity for VoIP silicon and equipment vendors."
In-Stat has also found that:
Similar to how quickly handset manufacturers integrated camera functionality in their products, virtually all cell phones will come integrated with Wi-Fi functionality toward the end of the forecast period.
Texas Instruments (TI) currently dominates the VoIP IC market, particularly the IP phone IC and CPE VoIP Gateway IC segments.
While several dozen vendors nominally participate in the VoIP IC market, only a handful of vendors account for the majority of shipments in each of the three main segments.
The report, "Hearing The Call Of Cellular: VoIP IC Market Analysis" (#IN0401446NT),provides revenue, unit, and average selling price forecasts through 2008 for three market segments: IP phone ICs, CPE VoIP Gateway ICs, and Carrier Infrastructure VoIP Gateway ICs. This report examines the market factors influencing growth, as well as the changing technology for VoIP chipsets. This report will be of particular benefit to VoIP IC product managers, as well as financial analysts and consultants needing to evaluate the market potential for the VoIP IC industry. To purchase this report, or formore information, please visit: http://www.instat.com/catalog/Ncatalogue.asp?ID=28 or contact Courtney McEuen at 480-483-4454; firstname.lastname@example.org.The report is priced at $2,995.00 U.S. Dollars.