Palm Computer announced an integrated Voice over IP solution for their Tungsten C handheld today. Agreements with five companies will provide voice over IP (VoIP), Wi-Fi, and authentication software based on protocol developed by Cisco.
The Tungsten C handheld ($499), features a 400MHz of ARM; 64MB of memory; a built-in keyboard; and a 320 x 320 transflective TFT display. Agreements with VLI, Linksys, Wayport, WiFinder and Meetinghouse Data Communications were announced. The products, services and special offers deliver an integrated Wi-Fi solution for Palm’s Tungsten C in Wi-Fi campus networks and (SOHO) professionals.
VLI’s VoIP technology supplies the SIP (session initiation protocol) VoIP software, called Gphone for Palm handhelds. With Gphone, Tungsten C handheld users will be able to connect to online directory services and SIP compatible IP devices, including personal computers and Internet phones, as well as make calls over the switched public telephone network. Tungsten C owners can communicate with other Palm handhelds using corporate wireless networks, public hotspots or wireless home networks.
By inserting the Palm Hands Free Headset in the Tungsten C headphone jack, users will be able to pick up calls forwarded from their desk phone to their Tungsten C handheld and make calls to colleagues on the company network. A PocketPC version of VLI’s VoIP software is also available.
Linksys, Wayport and WiFinder will offer discounts and free trials. With the purchase of a Tungsten C handheld, customers can take advantage of discount offers on hardware or Wi-Fi service.
Meetinghouse’s AEGIS security solution is used. It supports LEAP (Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol), a standards-based authentication method for Palm Tungsten C handhelds. LEAP, developed by Cisco, requires mutual authentication, which means both the user and access point to which the user is attempting to connect must authenticate one to the other before network access is granted.
In addition to LEAP security, an IPSec VPN (virtual private network) client will be available to address the remote access security needs of many Wi-Fi networked professionals. The VPN will provide secure access to corporate networks from hotspot locations such as restaurants, hotels and airports.
Gphone for Palm handhelds from VLI is scheduled to be available in June with Linksys discounts and Wayport free trial available today with the purchase of a Palm Tungsten C handheld.