Vol. 4, No. 19
February 16 , 2005



Calling Across the Net

By Teresa von Fuchs

Dual Wi-Fi and Voice over IP (VoIP) handset revenue totaled $45 million worldwide in 2004, according to Infonetics, an international market research and consulting firm covering the data networking and telecommunications industries. Infonetics' latest report, "Wi-Fi Phones Annual Worldwide Market Size and Forecast," also stated that Wi-Fi VoIP handset units sold totaled 113,000. Revenue and units are projected to show strong growth through 2009, according to the report, as enterprises slowly but steadily continue to deploy voice over wireless LANs (VoWLAN).

Wi-Fi and VoIP handsets are still new to the market, only becoming readily available in the last quarter of 2004, and so only represent a fairly small market share, though one with great potential in the enterprise space. The latter is particularly true in logistics and healthcare verticals, where, according to Infonetics, VoWLAN is already gaining momentum and will become more widespread.

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PalmSource Inc, provider of Palm OS, a leading operating system powering next-generation phones and mobile devices, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has announced the availability of two Palm OS Cobalt reference designs running on TI's industry-leading OMAP platform, including the OMAP730 GSM/GPRS processor and the OMAP850 EDGE processor. These reference designs enable wireless handset OEMs and ODMs to quickly create low-cost, high-performance Palm-powered smartphones for use on GSM/GPRS and EDGE networks.
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ESRI Selected for Next-Generation GIS Portal
ESRI announced today that it was selected by the Department of the Interior to develop the full implementation of the Geospatial One-Stop Operational Portal (GOS 2). This next-generation technology represents a dramatic advance not only for geographic information system (GIS) on the Internet but also for the entire geospatial field. It will provide new ways of sharing geospatial information that will help improve the business of government and decision-making processes.
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Flextronics and Microsoft Announce Windows Mobile-Based ODM Phone Platform for OEMs
At the 16th annual 3GSM World Congress, Flextronics (Nasdaq: FLEX) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced Peabody, a GSM/GPRS mobile phone platform designed and integrated by Flextronics based on Microsoft Windows Mobile software. Available only to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Peabody is a low-cost, feature-rich Original Design & Manufacture (ODM) platform developed by both companies. Peabody can be brought to market quickly, cost-effectively and at high volumes.
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