by Mike Masnick

Will WiFi Phones Catch On?

from the maybe-possibly... dept

The press is finally catching on to the concept of Voice over WiFi (or as we, at Techdirt, prefer to call it: VoWiFi). This seems like an area that is destined to go through the typical wireless hype cycle where the press will push it like crazy, well before most people will use it. Early offerings will be buggy and difficult to use or set up. Also, while it sounds neat, a major stumbling block is that wireless carriers are still quite nervous about selling any WiFi-enabled phone - which takes away the benefit of the hybrid phone that's both a mobile phone and a WiFi phone, depending on the available wireless signal. Sure, it's likely that wireless VoIP will become popular at some point, it's just not likely to catch on as quickly as the press would have people believe.

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