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On my "to do" list for the show was to see if I could find any new VoWLAN phones and I managed to turn up a few, including SIP, Skype and dual-mode products. First up is news from UTStarcom, maker of the F1000 phone that Vonage will be rolling out in October.

Brian Caskey, UTStarcom's VP of International Marketing gave a similar presentation during two VON sessions that contained three product introductions. Figure 6 shows the slide confirming the introduction of an 802.11g version of the F1000 (which we broke the news on earlier this month) - the F1000g - in December.

UTStarcom F3000 Wi-Fi SIP "flip" phone and F1000g intro

Figure 6: UTStarcom F3000 Wi-Fi SIP "flip" phone and F1000g intro
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Before that, however, the slide also announces the F3000 WiFi SIP phone launching in October. This will have both a color screen and a clamshell or "flip phone" form-factor, but no word on whether it will be 802.11g or support at least WPA security. I'm not sure how solid these dates are, however, since neither phone was publically available at UTStarcom's booth, nor is the F3000 listed in the FCC ID database yet.

UTStarcom GF200 Dual-mode handset

Figure 7: UTStarcom GF200 Dual-mode handset
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Figure 7 shows that UTStarcom will also be fielding the GF200, a GSM / Wi-Fi dual-mode handset, sometime in Q4 this year. Again, no details on the Wi-Fi portion or whether it will even be a true SIP handset. The reason for the reluctance to assume that the GF200 is SIP-based comes from my visit with Motorola. Moto had three working models of its CN 620 Dual Mode Handset, (Figure 8) which was announced earlier this year.

Motorola CN 620 GSM / Wi-Fi semi-SIP phone

Figure 8: Motorola CN 620 GSM / Wi-Fi semi-SIP phone
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The phone is currently part of an "enterprise" package bundled with an Avaya VoIP system and Cingular GSM service and not available for individual sale. After digging through the product information and not finding any reference to SIP, a return trip to the Moto booth revealed that the phone is not SIP compliant, instead using "simplified SIP". But the booth rep said that Moto will have both clamshell and "candy bar" dual-mode phones that are SIP compliant out before the end of 2005. He also said that CDMA versions of the CN 620 are currently in trials.

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