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E28's BridgePort-powered WAN/WLAN-hopping smartphone

Evan Blass

Handset maker E28 Limited has teamed up with networking specialists BridgePort Networks to create a reference design smartphone that can seamlessly pass off calls between GSM and VoIP. The Linux-powered handset, being shown off at 3GSM, uses BridgePort's NomadicONE IMS Convergence Server to perform Voice Call Continuity (VCC)-compliant handovers and claims three hours of talk time for either connection. Specs-wise, this model looks fairly promising, sporting a two megapixel cam, 2.2-inch QVGA touchscreen, and the usual multimedia and PIM features, although it doesn't seem to support 3G data networks. No word yet of any carrier agreements, so for now we must continue waiting and dreaming of the day when we'll be able to make a Skype-Sprint handoff as we head out the door.

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