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UTStarCom will soon be releasing their dual mode phone, the UTStarcom GF-200 as the UTStarCom GF-210 in the North American market according to a popular VoIP forum. The UTStarcom GF-210 is a Dual Mode GSM-WiFI Phone supporting GSM triband networks (900/1800/1900 Mhz) and 2.4 GHZ 802.11b.

The UTStarCom GF210 features a 1.8 inch 65K color display. The UTStarCom GF210 supports call forwarding, call waiting/hold/barring/conferencing, text messaging, and polyphonic ringtones. The UTStarCom GF-210 offers SIP based calling, G.711au codec, voice activity detection, echo cancellation, WPA/WEP security, and local/remote TFTP/HTTP upgradeable firmware. Although no US GSM service providers offically support dual mode phones, the UTStarcom GF210 is best characterized as a VoIP phone supporting GSM as a “feature”. On the GSM side, the UTStarCom GF-210 is an “unlocked” GSM phone that will take any GSM SIM. This is not a common concept in the US – but it is how GSM phones are sold in most of the world.

The UTStarCom GF-210 will be particularly useful for anyone traveling internationally – instead of paying $1.50 or so for “roaming”, you can “forward” your VoIP number to a pre-paid GSM number (available at the airport) in the country you are visiting and get the same incoming roaming service for about $.25 per minute.

UTStarCom is exhibiting at the FALL VON conference and expo. I would imagine one will be on hand…

Garrett Smith

Garrett Smith is an author, consultant, and marketer with almost 20 years of experience selling and marketing VoIP solutions. Garrett has helped thousands of businesses select the right VoIP system over his career, in addition to helping hundreds of vendors, and dozens of service providers with their go to market strategies. This experience gives him a unique position in industry that allows him to cut through all the noise. Garrett has been named one of the most influential people in the VoIP, and has written over 3,000 articles about VoIP since 2004.

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