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MobiVoIP: VoIP For Your Palm
[May 30, 2006]

MobiVoIP: VoIP For Your Palm

TMCnet Contributing Editor

The Palm OS platform is now being used by the MantraGroup for mobiVoip.

Calling Palm OS a “terrific” product for basic PIM and document use, MantraGroup says Palm, a separate, independent company that makes hardware, “has done a yeoman’s job of extending it to a new line of devices with more multimedia and storage capabilities.”

MobiVoIP is an effort to give the Palm OS VoIP functionality. “When Skype (News - Alert) came to Pocket PC, allowing wifi-enabled PPCs to make phone calls for free over the internet, users across the globe were hoping for a PalmOS version,” MantraGroup officials say, in announcing the proprietary technology of MantraGroup’s mobiVoIP.

MantraGroup officials say Palm OS’s “greatest strength” is “running on economical devices (often with long battery life).”

As the invaluable Gizmodo blog puts it, “If you’ve ever found yourself in the situation where you don’t have your cellphone on you, but, for some strange reason, you do have a Palm-based PDA, VoIP may be the answer to your prayers.

MobiVoIP allows a Palm to connect to the Internet through Bluetooth,Wifi, or EVDO.

Some of the features of the first official version of the technology, mobiVoip 1.0, that company officials are most excited about include the ability to make PSTN calls over IP, caller-ID via SIP and a profiles settings dialog for configuring user Account, as well as:

  • Secure Account Authentication using SIP MD5 Authentication
  • Network Settings Dialog [for IP address related settings]
  • Automatic IP reproduct [via STUN servers]
  • Detecting Dynamic IP [when STUN is disabled]
  • Codecs supported: G.711 and GSM 6.10 FR (choose your codec based on your
    connection speed: GSM 6.10 FR for low speed connections > 60kbps, G711 for
    high speed connections > 160kbps)

Online commentator T.O. Whenham says “Once you download the software and install, you can choose between three plans. A North American plan costs $9.95 per month , and calls cost 2.99 cents per minute to anywhere on the continent. An International plan costs $14.95 and adds select international countries to the mix.”

Lots of other features available as well, of course. MobiVoIP is available in Australia, China, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.


David Sims is contributing editor for TMCnet. For more articles please visit David Sims’ columnist page.


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