Vonage launches Wi-Fi 'net phone

Many of you will already have jumped on the VoIP bandwagon, thanks to obscenely reasonable broadband pricing and top-drawer service from the likes of

Many of you will already have jumped on the VoIP bandwagon, thanks to obscenely reasonable broadband pricing and top-drawer service from the likes of Skype. The problem at the moment is a lack of quality Wi-Fi handsets to deliver internet telephony minus the wires. The F1000, developed in collaboration with UTStarcom Inc, delivers mobile telephony while in range of an 802.11b network.

While it’s not the sleekest wireless home phone we’ve ever seen – in fact it looks like a five-year old Samsung mobile - the stage is nonetheless set for more Wi-Fi handsets to hit the market over the coming year and that can only be a good thing when it comes to cost, with various brands doing battle for market share.

If you’re not already enjoying the myriad benefits of VoIP at home or in the office, then this is a perfect time to start and even if you’re a call-hardened VoIP warrior, it’s certainly worth considering a Wi-Fi handset over a fixed-line affair. Vonage has been at the forefront of internet telephony developments, a pedigree borne out by the fact that over 10 million calls per week are made using its VoIP network. Vonage’s website has more F1000 info.