Photos: Touring the floor at VON
D-Link introduced the DPH-540 Wireless G Flip-Style Wi-Fi Mobile Phone at the Voice on the Net conference this week in San Jose, Calif. The DPH-540 lets users make VoIP calls anywhere there's a Wi-Fi hot spot. It connects to the wireless network using the 802.11b/g standard.
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D-Link's DPH-540 displays call information such as the last numbers dialed, address book entries and caller ID numbers. The phone also supports several advanced calling features, including last-number redial, mute, hold and text messaging. The company expects the handset to go on sale this summer for under $300.
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.
Infineon IP chip
VoIP chipmaker Infineon Technologies showed off its new INCA-IP2, a "gigabit Ethernet" IP chip for IP phones. The INCA-IP2, Infineon's second-generation IP-phone system chip, is designed to allow companies that want to use VoIP to deploy gigabit Ethernet to employees' desktops. These higher-speed processors also pave the way for more multimedia features to be added to office phones.