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Kineto Wireless, which uses Wi-Fi to send voice calls, today announced its Smart Wi-Fi Application has been pre-loaded on an additional 15 Android smartphones.

Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application delivers mobile voice, SMS and data service using existing Wi-Fi access points. It is based on the 3GPP Unlicensed Mobile Access/Generic Access Network standard, now deployed by mobile operators around the world. Under the GAN system, when the handset detects a wireless LAN, it establishes a secure IP connection through a gateway to a server called a GAN Controller on the carrier’s network.

Kineto says its Smart Wi-Fi technology is growing fast:

  • Orange UK has expanded its Signal Boost service to offer the following nine smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace; the LG Optimus Me, HTC Wildfire S, Cha Cha and Desire S; along with the Orange-branded Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Stockholm.
  • T-Mobile USA introduced six new Wi-Fi Calling-enabled smartphones, including the Samsung Dart, Samsung Gravity SMART, Samsung Exhibit 4G; HTC Sensation 4G, T-Mobile G2x with Google and the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, providing voice and data over home Wi-Fi networks.
  • ZTE will now pre-load Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application onto select new Android-based smartphones.
  • Huawei will now pre-load Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application onto select new Android-based smartphones.
  • Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application for Android now comes pre-loaded on more than 30 smartphones models from the industry’s leading manufacturers, including HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung and ZTE.

“There is no other solution available today that offers the offload benefits to operators and the coverage advantages to subscribers in such a seamless way,” said Mark Powell, vice president and co-founder of Kineto Wireless.

It is becoming increasingly common for telecommunications providers to use VoIP telephony over dedicated and public IP networks to connect switching stations and to interconnect with other telephony network providers. Skype provides free connections between users on the Skype network and also connects to and from ordinary PSTN telephones for a charge. On 10 May 2011, Microsoft agreed to acquire Skype for US$8.5 billion. Microsoft says it will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

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