EarthLink beta testing Wi-Fi handsets
EarthLink said its Wi-Fi phones will allow consumers to make VoIP calls to any traditional landline, cell phone or another VoIP phone. The handsets will work directly on EarthLink's municipal wireless networks and can also connect via a wireless router attached to the user's wired home broadband network. Service and the phone handset will be free during the Anaheim beta test.
EarthLink's Wi-Fi phone package comes with a handset and a cradle that acts as a charger, as well as an indoor Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g router. The cradle is plugged into a power source and a broadband Ethernet connection. When consumers are in the coverage area of the cradle or any EarthLink municipal wireless network, the phone will automatically be connected to EarthLink's voice network.