Nokia has indicated it expects to announce several major distributors for its WiFi/mobile phone in the U.S. Nokia has had a tough go of getting these dual-mode phones in the hands of U.S. consumers as carriers don't like the idea of their customers dropping off their networks onto WiFi networks. Last fall AT&T introduced the Nokia E61 but disabled WiFi. Apparently several distributors will market the phones to businesses in the U.S. The move bodes well for Aruba Networks, which last week announced the third phase of its enterprise FMC program that was launched last year. Its new Mobile Voice Continuity software seamlessly and automatically manages the hand-off of data and voice-over-WiFi phone calls between its wireless LAN and a mobile-phone network. The kicker: the IP PBX doesn't need to be upgraded and enterprises don't have to partner with mobile operators to do it.
For more about Nokia's WiFi breakthrough in the U.S.:
- take a look at this article from InformationWeek