SK-EarthLink to offer WiFi/VoIP enabled mobile phone

May 02 2005 - 03:01 PM ET | MVNO, Rumor
SK-EarthLink, the upcoming 3G mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), is rumored to have a WiFi enabled handset in its future. The phone will function as a normal mobile handset unless in the range of a WiFi hotspot and then it will use Voice over IP technology to make phone calls for a lower price. US carriers have been reluctent in making such a phone available as it cuts down on billable airtime. bq. EarthLink executives added that the company plans to test a cell phone that will accept Wi-Fi transmission; they have a short range but can be used as part of the very fast wireless data networks commonly found in transportation hubs, retail outlets, offices and homes. VoIP moves voice traffic over the internet instead of the conventional telephone network. Unlimited calling plans are commonly in the $30-40 range per month.