A United Kingdom-based company announced Tuesday that it has developed a software solution that enables Nokia Series 60 cell phones to provide VoIP service using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology.
SCN Ltd. launched its TruPhone Beta version for use with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones. Wi-Fi will come later, the firm said.
"You won't need a special phone or any special equipment," said Gavin Miller, SCN's press officer. "All you need is the software."
Miller said the application is currently being tested by cell-phone service providers and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). The firm cited Nokia's 6630, which it is using to test the service on Bluetooth. SCN's business plan calls for it to primarily market the service to wireless providers, although the service could also be offered directly to consumers by the company. Ideally, TruPhone would be licensed to service providers, Miller indicated.
He noted that the key to the service is the 3G and 4G wireless networks currently being rolled out worldwide. VoIP needs the robust advanced cell networks to operate efficiently; TruPhone has been created so subscribers using VoIP would be automatically switched to their 3G or 4G networks when they moved beyond their Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections.