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BridgePort-powered Smartphone by E28 hops between GSM and WLAN

Yesterday, we reported on the Motorola A910 which, thanks to BT Fusion technology, could seamlessly crossover between GSM and VoIP networks and back. Well, it seems like they’re not the only phonemaker pulling double duty. BridgePort Networks has lent their networking expertise to E28 Limited, and the result is a Linux-powered smartphone that can easily pull off both GSM and VoIP calls.

Currently being demonstrated over in Barcelona at the 3GSM World Congress, this reference design PDA phone makes use of the NomadicONE IMS Convergence Server by BridgePort, allowing for “Voice Call Continuity (VCC)-compliant handovers”. Not too many other details are available at this time, but you should expect all the standard smartphone features here including a 2-megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch QVGA touchscreen.

They say that you can get about three hours of talk time from this phone, whether you’re doing the VoIP or GSM thing. Unfortunately, there seems to be no mention of high speed 3G data. Let’s hope that changes before E28 signs with a carrier.

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