Motorola, Inc. (news
quote) just announced the availability of a number of new devices
enabling voice and 802.11 bundled in a single product. They are
converging Voice over IP (VoIP) (define
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wireless as well, and calling it Seamless Mobility.
The company released a
new product, the CN620 which is a dual-network (GSM and WiFi) Mobile
Office Device (or MOD, in Motorola speak). This device works with
software from Avaya (news
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. This being a SIP-based solution, means that presence is built-in.
This service allows the
ability to quickly terminate a call that is wireless and continued it in
the wired world, enabling the call parties to have an uninterrupted
communication experience. The CN620 has all the features you would
expect from a wired PBX extension such as placing multiple calls on
hold. However, the product goes way beyond wired PBX’s as it offers
bonus access to e-mail, and a variety of portable office information as
The device acts as a
hybrid phone/Personal Digital Assistant
(PDA) (define -
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also allows the device to roam between access point and access point and
subnet to subnet while taking four phone calls at a time, placing them
on hold as needed and conferencing them in an ad-hoc network.
Smart network sensing
is a technology the phone uses to give priority to the WiFi network. So
as you become more productive you also save communications cost. Of
course, reduced moves, adds and changes are inherent in every VoIP call.
You also have a reduced number of devices as you don’t need a separate
PDA. The device does everything a typical PDA does, integrating all the
benefits of mobile communications technology.
supports GSM (define
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The all-in-one device will be available for
corporate distribution only.