Global IP Sound (GIPS), a popular VoIP codec/voice engine used by Skype, Google Talk, and others, is now available on the Sony Ericcson P990 phone using the OptiMobile softclient called WBX UniPhone. I wonder if this is the first non-Windows mobile device that supports the GIPS voice engine? Anyway, check out the news.
February 13, 2006 - Global IP Sound (GIPS), the leading provider of embedded voice-processing solutions for the Voice over IP (VoIP) market, and OptiMobile, a leader in WBX-enabled services, today announced that Sony Ericsson's P990 terminal will integrate support for OptiMobile's WBX UniPhone client in order to provide convergence between WiFi and cellular networks. OptiMobile utilizes Global IP Sound's VoiceEngine Mobile within its WBX UniPhone to achieve superior voice quality for VoIP calls via WLAN.
“Our operator customers appreciate that support for WBX is now also available for Sony Ericsson devices. We expect strong demand for P990 with WBX UniPhone,” says Lars Edman, CEO of OptiMobile. “We can ensure the highest possible VoIP sound quality through our collaboration with Global IP Sound.”
Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) allows operators to combine fixed telephony, cellular telephony and Broadband into unified end-user services. With WBX, operators are able to rapidly deploy high quality FMC services that allow end-users to enjoy seamless handover of ongoing voice calls between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. This means that users are shielded from issues regarding network selection, as the WBX UniPhone completely unifies handling of cellular and Wi-Fi calls in one single interface.
“Our patented and award-winning technology is especially suited to solve the inherent problems of Wi-Fi Networks, and will provide Optimobile and Sony Ericsson unbeatable voice quality for their mobile VoIP solutions,” said Gary P. Hermansen, President and CEO of Global IP Sound. “We are excited to be a part of a collaborative relationship with such recognized market leaders, and look forward to empowering their customers with unique and clearly distinguishable products for this fast growing market.”
Through the collaboration with OptiMobile and Global IP Sound, Sony Ericsson's customers will now enjoy support for FMC services, such as WBX, in Sony Ericsson's P990 mobile terminals. These customers will also receive the benefits of unmatched call quality that GIPS VoiceEngine Mobile delivers. VoiceEngine Mobile allows developers of applications for mobile devices, such as PDAs and dual-mode phones, the ability to quickly develop products that give the end-user greater mobility, while incorporating excellent voice quality without in-house expertise. WBX will leverage this ground-breaking technology to allow operators to offer VoIP-enabled Sony Ericsson devices as part of their FMC services.