Monday, January 3, 2005

UTStarcom's SIP-Enabled Wi-Fi Handset Extends Vonage VoIP

UTStarcom introduced a SIP-enabled handset for the U.S. market that will be offered through a partnership with Vonage. The Wi-Fi handset enables VoIP customers to make calls from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi hot spot. It combines the features and functionality of a VoIP terminal adapter together with a standard cordless telephone. The F1000 handset has a standby time of up to 80 hours and talk time of three to four hours.

UTStarcom said it has received U.S. regulatory approval for the device.

Service providers could use the F1000 handset to offer high-value features, such as three-way calling, call waiting, and call transfer, and others 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 expects that the major markets for the F1000 Wi-Fi portable handset will be North and South America, where many consumers already have Wi-Fi capability bundled into their home computers and can use the handset without having to purchase more equipment.


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