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UMA-Enabled Cellular-WiFi Handsets
Posted: 08-Feb-2005 [Source: Kineto Wireless]

[BenQ and Kineto Wireless announce collaboration to develop UMA-enabled dualmode GSM-WiFi handsets beginning with the BenQ P50 quad-band Pocket PC .]

Milpitas, Calif. -- BenQ and Kineto Wireless, the key innovator and leading supplier of UMA Technology (Unlicensed Mobile Access), announced today that BenQ is collaborating with Kineto Wireless to develop UMA-enabled dual mode GSM-WiFi handsets. The collaboration is a result of growing demand for UMA Technology, the standard for fixed-mobile convergence, from network service providers around the world.

BenQ's P50 Pocket PC phone is the first product from this collaboration. The P50 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS product with an integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi radio and UMA Client Software from Kineto. The P50 also has an integrated QWERTY keyboard and a complete Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC Phone environment including Windows Media 9 capabilities. BenQ is using the Kineto Wireless UMA Client Software for the Microsoft Pocket PC Phone environment.

The companies intend the P50 to support volume UMA deployments in 2005. The UMA-enabled P50 will be demonstrated in Kineto's booth at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France February 14-17, 2005.

About UMA Technology

Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology is the standard for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC). UMA technology enables access to mobile voice, data and IMS services over IP broadband access and unlicensed spectrum technologies. By deploying UMA technology, service providers can enable subscribers to roam and handover between cellular networks and public and private unlicensed wireless networks using dual-mode mobile handsets. With UMA, subscribers receive a consistent user experience for their mobile voice, data and IMS services as they transition between networks.


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