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Vonage and UTStarcom intro portable F1000 Wi-Fi handset
Posted: 04-Jan-2005 [Source: Vonage and UT Starcom]

[Vonage and UTStarcom partner to offer the F-1000 portable Wi-Fi handset to be available nationwide to Vonage VoIP subscribers later this year.]

Las Vegas -- Vonage and UTStarcom Inc. today announced a partnership to introduce a portable Wi-Fi handset, the F-1000, configured with Vonage's Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service. This product, which will offer mobility across 802.11b networks, will be available nationwide to Vonage subscribers during the spring/summer 2005.

UTStarcom's F1000 Wi-Fi handset untethers consumers from their traditional phone lines, allowing them to make calls from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi hot spot -- at home, at work, around the town; in airports, coffee shops, and hotels; and even internationally. The F1000 handset, which has received U.S. regulatory approval, provides all the features and functionality of a VoIP terminal adapter together with a standard cordless telephone, but has the advantage of letting the user talk from any available Wi-Fi access point instead of just the base that they have at home. The F1000 features a sleek form factor similar to today's cellular phones, has increased talk and standby times, and is priced significantly lower compared to other models on the market today.

Unique power management features, combined with an energy efficient design, give the F1000 handset a standby time of up to 80 hours while typical Wi-Fi phones have a standby time of about 8 hours. At three to four hours, talk time is 6 to 8 times longer than the 30-minute talk time of other Wi-Fi phones. And when the battery runs low, the F1000 recharges in only 2 to 3 hours.

The F1000 Wi-Fi portable handset supports a wide variety of VoIP features and functions, based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Service providers can offer high-value call features, such as three-way calling, call waiting, and call transfer, and more, based on the capabilities of their call servers. The F1000 also enables voice processes, including comfort noise generation, voice activity detection, and echo cancellation, as well as IP protocol features such as Real-Time Transfer Protocol (RTP), Session Description Protocol, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and Point-to-Point over Ethernet (PPoE) authentication.

UTStarcom will offer the F1000 through service providers and operators, similar to the way cell phones are offered. Vonage, North America's leading broadband telephony company, will be the first company to offer the new phone as part of their home broadband communications service during 2005.

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