Samsung and LG to go Wi-Fi for all-in-one handsets

Après Bluephone, le déluge

Après Bluephone, le déluge

Two of the world's largest handset players have given traditional networks a poke in the eye with the announcement of phones set to offer voice over Wi-Fi capability.

Both Samsung and LG are working with Kineto to include the firm's UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) technology in future converged Wi-Fi and cellular handsets.

While Samsung is currently just at the licensing stage, LG is collaborating with the US company to create dual-mode handsets in order to tap the fixed-to-mobile convergence market which BT made the first moves towards with its Fusion project.

LG have also announced they plan to use Kineto's UMA-compliant handset client software in some upcoming phones.

According to consultants Senza Fili, by 2010 55 million people will be subscribed to converged Wi-Fi and cellular services.