Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Boingo Wireless Inc. have worked together to develop a Kyocera BREW-based dual-mode Wi-Fi/CDMA handset prototype, which they are showcasing at the CTIA Wireless 2006 trade show in Las Vegas this week. The handset, which integrates Boingo's public Wi-Fi roaming, is targeted at the growing market for WLAN-enabled handsets. The application suite of the dual-mode phone enables it to automatically choose the network most appropriate for a given call on the base of environmental and performance preferences. High-bandwidth applications, for example, can be done over a Wi-Fi network instead of a CDMA one, as it offers better price/performance ratio, which leads to savings in cost. The dual-mode handset also makes it easy to use a VoIP service when making or receiving a call from a foreign country, where local GSM service is incompatible with the phone's CDMA technology. It can also provide better connectivity in places, such as homes, offices and public hot spots where the cellular service often suffers.
Source: Boingo Wireless