Wi-Fi phones due early next year

Enterprises will be able to take advantage of handsets that offer access to both voice over IP on wireless Lan and mobile phone...

Enterprises will be able to take advantage of handsets that offer access to both voice over IP on wireless Lan and mobile phone networks by early next year, network provider Avaya told Computer Weekly last week.

Chandra Kintala, vice-president for research realisation and network software at Avaya Labs, said, "Handsets and back-end infrastructure for dual-band Wi-Fi/cellphones will be available by the beginning of 2004."

The devices allow people to use mobile phone networks outside the office then switch to the wireless Lan in corporate buildings or near public hotspots.

Analyst Jeremy Green of Ovum said, "Enterprises with secure wireless networks are the obvious candidates to take advantage of this."

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