Monday, October 2, 2006

D-Link Debuts Dual-Mode GSM / Wi-Fi Phone, $600

D-Link announced a new line of "V-CLICK" dual-mode phones that allow users to switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks by clicking a button.

The new D-Link V-CLICK line of phones will feature tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz) and 802.11 Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz) access. By sliding a cellular service provider's SIM Smartcard or chip into the V-CLICK phone, the user automatically gains GSM access.

By clicking the V-CLICK button, the phone activates or deactivates the Wi-Fi connection that allows users to access websites or an Internet phone service. It supports "Opera Mobile", a mobile browser for logging into Wi-Fi hot spots, web surfing and email.

Talk time is rated at up to 5 hours for GSM, and 2 hours in 802.11 wireless mode.

D-Link said the V-CLICK feature will become increasingly valuable as many cities continue to invest in metro 802.11 wireless technology designed to turn entire communities in Wi-Fi zones.

Manufacturer's suggested retail price is expected to be $599.99. D-Link also plans to offer accessories for its new dual-mode phone products. Commercial availability is expected early next year.

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