One major criticism of converged services is the small number of handsets. Only about a dozen handsets are on the market, and they aren't that exciting. A la Mobile said it has designed a new Linux system stack that is supposed to make it easier for handset vendors to quickly build and deliver converged phones that can enable VoIP over WiFi and GSM voice services. The pre-integrated and pre-tested software stack includes a SIP-based VoIP client and applications that include a browser, email and Java. Gupp Technologies, a Malaysian phone maker, is the only manufacturer to license A la Mobile's platform. The handset maker plans to begin selling the phone some time during the second quarter.
To read more about A la Mobile:
- see this article over at InfoWorld