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Unified Personal Communicator
Also at the VON conference this week, Cisco Systems demonstrated products designed to help phone companies, wireless providers and cable operators offer a wide array of IP-based multimedia services to consumers and business customers. Featured products included a software application called Unified Personal Communicator, which allows users to see on their PCs or IP phones who is online.
Cisco's cell-to-Wi-Fi software
Cisco explained how its new communications software, when running on PDAs, allows users to switch between a cellular network and a Wi-Fi network.
Vonage phone 2
Vonage, which provides IP telephony service to consumers and small businesses, displayed its new portable Wi-Fi phones, which allow people to use their Vonage VoIP service when they're connected to any public Wi-Fi hot spot. The Vonage phones were on display at a booth hosted by Sonus, a "softswitch" maker that provides equipment to Vonage.