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Issue #2003 - 13 (April 2003)
(Updated Apr. 16, 2003)


TeleSym Adds Cordless Phone Capabilities to PCS & Centrino Notebooks

Bellevue, WA, Mar. 12, 2003 - TeleSym Inc. today released its SymPhone Client software for Microsoft Windows-equipped computers. This addition to the SymPhone System brings top-quality voice calling to users of Windows notebook, tablet and desktop personal computers, using wireless (802.11) data networks and across the Internet.

This introduction coincides with Intel Corp.’s launch of the Intel® CentrinoTM mobile technology, which integrates Wi-Fi networking in mobile computers that feature improved power consumption. SymPhone for Windows is the first Internet telephony software optimized for, tested and validated as Centrino-compatible.

Giving voice to mobile workers
“Enterprises using the SymPhone System can provide top-quality voice calling to their mobile workforce very cost effectively,” explains Raju Gulabani, TeleSym chief executive officer.

“Intel Centrino mobile technology-based computers, with extended battery life, are the perfect platform for ‘voice mobility’—extending the office telephone to ‘corridor warriors,’ as well those who travel away from home base, and all without cellular charges. If you’re within range of a Wi-Fi network, SymPhone serves as your desk phone, right from your computer.”

“Intel and TeleSym share a common vision for unwiring the mobile workforce,” said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager, Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group. ““SymPhone takes full advantage of the extended battery life enabled by Intel Centrino mobile technology, adding practical value to mobile computing,”

The office phone goes wireless
The SymPhone System extends the functions of the office telephone to any location with Wi-Fi and broadband Internet connectivity, without paying cellular airtime charges. Users can make and receive calls over the Internet from a mobile computer, throughout a building or campus, at home and at public Wi-Fi hotspots. Factory and warehouse users can also use SymPhone as an intercom or cordless phone, using the same computer used to access their company e-mail, inventory or order entry.

There are three components to the SymPhone System. SymPhone Client software installs on a mobile computer, enabling phone calls with a familiar dial pad and contact list. SymPhone Client for Windows runs on Windows XP, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows 2000. Another version of SymPhone Client is designed for Pocket PC 2002. The other components are server-based software: SymPhone Call Server and SymPhone Connector, which link clients together and integrate with enterprise phone systems.

Outstanding voice quality
Many people associate Internet phone calling with poor sound quality. But patent-pending quality features in SymPhone provide breakthrough sound quality, distinct from “soft phone” Internet software. When calling between SymPhones across the open Internet, the fidelity is “near-CD-quality,” with no perceived latency (delay), and this quality is maintained even in the rugged wireless network environment.

“… normal sound for the SymPhone is nothing short of spectacular; it approaches CD quality.” - Saurabh Bhasin, Network Computing 

The SymPhone Client for Windows is available for trial download at http://www.telesym.com. A 30-day trial enables SymPhone-to-SymPhone calls, as well as SymPhone-to-telephone calls to any Seattle-area number, and calling-card calls anywhere in the world.

About TeleSym
TeleSym (www.telesym.com), Bellevue, Wash., has developed a new generation of technology for wireless IP telephony. TeleSym’s software delivers high-quality, cost-effective voice communications over wireless and wired enterprise networks, enhancing the ways mobile workers communicate. TeleSym’s goal is to become the worldwide leader in advanced software solutions for wireless voice-over-IP.

In December, TeleSym received strategic funding from the Intel Communications Fund, managed by Intel Capital, under a program investing in companies that are introducing innovative technologies for use on Wi-Fi (802.11) wireless networks.

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: TeleSym's use of VoIP to provide cordless voice capability to Centrino notebooks is noteworthy. Improvement of sound quality, if it can be sustained in different operating environments, is a creditable achievement. Check out the item on VoIP - has it arrived? in this week's newsletter.

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