Friday, September 23, 2005

Wi-Fi And Cell Phone Service Merge

In this months issue of Business 2.0, they list Seven Technologies that will change everything.

It didn't take long for one to come true.

Number 5. Hybrid Cell Phones. WHAT IT IS: Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones that bring together cellular and landline phone systems.

Today LG and Kineto announce a cell phone that does just that.

The CL400 is a camera/MP3 phone that offers GSM/GPRS and tri-band (850/1800/1900) capabilities for global operation with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) connectivity. In the future, the CL400 will also support Voice over IP (VoIP), based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) standards.

Here's what I'm thinking. What happens when Google turns on all that dark fiber, Google Talk takes off and Wi-Fi is ubiquitous.

Do you see what I see?


Anonymous said...

ubiquitous as in free i presume.
Free is the keyword here, especially for europeans. Not only free phone-calls but also broadband services like tv/video/conferencing/chat-camming. How about Google-wallet coupled with this?
So does this imply that phone manufacturers will focus more on using Linux as their mobile platform? Russel Beaty mentioned something like this.
Obviously Microsoft will come with their alternative, except for the "Free-wifi part".


Scott Shaffer said...

Ubiquitous meaning Wi-Fi coverage everywhere.
I think Google buying into Current Commonucations (broadband over powerline) will take care of the areas that aren't heavily populated.

Could Google be the all-in-one service provider for PC and cell?

Anonymous said...

For cell yes, for the stationary pc only if wifi will be replaced/complemented with wimax me thinks.
So US-wide wimax rollout by Google next year perhaps? Is that what the $4B is for?


Scott Shaffer said...

I'm putting together a post for PP called "The Google Has Landed"..

Pondering has me thinking this is much bigger than I think most envision.