IT struggles to close the mobile phone gap

Fixed-mobile convergence not following path many thought it would

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has gone a step further in that integration, deploying RIM's BlackBerry Voice Mobility System, based on the 2006 Ascendent Systems acquisition. The VMS client/server software links the BlackBerry Enterprise Server with a company's PBX, without any major infrastructure changes. Users get a single corporate number that can ring on all their phones (the BlackBerry, other mobile phone, desk phone, office phone at home). About 50 users have it and more want it, says Joseph Vittorelli, FSU's director of systems and infrastructure.

"For us, it's about productivity," he says. "I have a 100-acre campus and I'm rarely at my desk. [With VMS] I take care of a lot of business walking from building to building." In the past, his desk phone voice mail typically would have 20 to 30 messages daily. Today, it's rare to have more than two or three.

Still another variant is a hosted "local-area" private cellular service, such as that offered by Strata8, via its own licensed spectrum in the 1900MHz band. The company sets up a base station on your site and integrates the service with your PBX, while you select from a growing set of CDMA mobile phones and pay US$30 per month per subscriber. Interestingly, Strata8 had announced a deal to offer customers an FMC solution based on products from Tango Networks. But Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Andrew Wilson says there has been little activity or interest in Wi-Fi/cellular convergence among Strata8 customers.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Wi-Fi

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Cox

Network World

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?