Yesterday I wrote about a new unannounced wi-fi voip phone from Linksys, the WIP 300. I am excited by the fact that it appears to be the first wi-fi VOIP phone out there that has a built-in browser (which would likely allow it to connect through most public hotspots that require users to log in or that require users to click through an initial page). Since then I’ve listened to a couple of podcasts about VOIP security and the difficultly of building in functionality to protect (encrypt) the conversation, particularly when products of different manufacturers are utilized. Here’s a thought – why not build in a PPTP VPN client?
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Untangled Life points to WiGLE Wireless Geographic Logging Engine, an online database of almost 4.8 million wireless accessing points. The downside is that street maps only appear to be available for the United States.
Linksysinfo has apparently found an FCC application filed by Linksys for a new, yet unannounced, wi-fi VOIP handset. No word yet on product availability. However, I’ve quickly reviewed the user manual as posted on the FCC website and what I am really excited about is that the phone appears to include a web browser. This address the problem have written about before (here and here) that all other current wi-fi voip handset cannot be used at most public hotspots since almost all either require a user to log in or require a user to at least click through a page referencing terms and conditions of use.
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What a difference a day makes. I reported yesterday that Vonage was finalizing the beta on its new handset. We’ll they have now apparently starting shipping the UTStarcom F1000 wi-fi voip handset. The phone is available for US$79.99 after a $50 rebate. See Vonage’s site for more details. Interestingly, information about it is also available on the Vonage Canada website. So Canadians may not need to wait for a delayed rollout.
Vonage is still working with UTStarcom on a wi-fi voip handset. Currently still in beta, the service is expected to be ready before the end of the year. Based on the information made public to date, its hard to see what is so exciting about this offering.
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Andy Abramson is happy that the airport he’ll be flying into in January has free wifi. But I think the real question is what is free wifi? Is it wireless Internet access without port blocking (so that VOIP will work)? Is it wi-fi access without a click through page one has to first visit so that wi-fi voip handsets will work. Maybe we should have a color system to describe different levels of access for public hotspots and hotels.
See also VOIP Roadblocks.
30 pages from San Francisco’s draft RFP for its wireless initiative. An interesting use for Flickr.
From Daily Wireless, via Webnetic.