Voice Via WLANs on Horizon
September 29, 2003
By Carmen Nobel
With new products that support voice communication via WLANs, several companies are working toward the goal of having PDAs replace desktop phones.
Symbol Technologies Inc., which caters to vertical customers, has plans for several new devices that marry wireless LAN support with voice capabilities, according to officials at the Holtsville, N.Y., company.
The company plans to add voice support to several of its devices based on Microsoft Corp.'s Pocket PC operating system, as well as a product road map that includes Pocket PC devices designed to support voice over Wi-Fi, officials said.
Through channel partners, Symbol in December will start selling a software option called Voice Communicator that turns a handheld device, running Pocket PC, into a walkie-talkie.
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