British Telecom plans to introduce a service in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania that will enable Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) owners to make voice and video calls across a WiFi network. BT said it is developing a software-based Internet telephony package for the PSP that could later be expanded to cover calls and messages to computers, fixed-line phones and mobile phones. The news is no doubt good for Sony, which has been struggling to make the PSP more attractive to users.
In the U.S., Sony is running a promotion that involves offering a new firmware upgrade for its PSP, called version 3.30, that will enable PSP users to play games online, browse the Internet and download podcasts on all 7,000 of T-Mobile USA's hotspots for free for six months. After the six months are over, T-Mobile will offer PSP owners an option to purchase a subscription at a special rate.
For more about BT's moves to put WiFi calling on the PSP:
- read this article from IDG News Service