HelloSoft, a VoIP and Convergence co., has announced their 4G tri-band phone to satisfy your WiMAX needs if you live in a 4G coverage area. For $100 you not only get a 4G Android phone, but is it also ready to go all out VoIP. It comes with a full VoIP suite that is ready to go!
Excerpt from Press Release:
"Allan Johnson, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at HelloSoft, says, "The 4G TriPhoneâ„¢ offers by far the richest feature set available anywhere for a 4G phone at a feature phone price point. It comes fully loaded with HelloSoft's award winning VoIP and state-of-the-art convergence software suite for Android that delivers a seamless userexperience across any IP network -- be it 4G high speed data-on-the-go with integrated VoIP, or be it standard ubiquitous cellular. This phone solves the dilemma 4G carriers have with needing a phone in their portfolio that does everything a user's current phone does at a similar price point (including the very important category of low cost phones), at the same time providing 4G high speed data-on-the-go where it is available as carriers expand their 4G footprint. The price-point of 4G phones to date has been a barrier to rapid volume shipments and we have seen a large pent-up demand from 4G service providers and ODMs/OEMs for this category of affordable 4G phone with many exciting features."".
With VoIP becoming evermore popular this quote seems to cover the need for an affordable easy to access phone that offers loads of features. Now that Google could be integrating VoIP into Google Voice, this phone could be one of the first to take advantages of that capability. The advantage of having VoIP is simple. It allows you to communicate over your data network, whether it be through the carrier or WiFi, rather than over your cellular minute based plan. This enables you to reduce the number of minutes on your plan and still be able to make phone calls. This does however pose a question with the new tiered plans that AT&T has implemented, and that others seem determined to implement. How much data will you use when you combine VoIP with your regular data usage.
We don't know a prospective carrier yet, but will let you know when more info is available.