Motorola and Cisco are developing a mobile phone handset that can tap into the nearest wireless network, targeted at the increasing remote and “virtual” workforce.
The dual-mode cellular and Wi-Fi phones will be aimed at businesses with employees working both in offices and remotely, with a seamless transition between the two environments.
They will run using 802.11 technology inside the office and cellular telephony outside, with a seamless transfer of communications between networks. Routing calls over the internet is also expected to generate cost savings for users.
Motorola’s contribution to the product will include dual-mode devices and network mobility, enabled by its wireless services manager. Cisco will provide IP telephony and WLAN infrastructure.
The new product will be available as an extension to the Cisco CallManager IP-based communications system, using a standards-based interface.
The dual-mode phones are expected to be available early next year.