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Denmark: Home Free August 29, 2006

Posted by Jasper in broadband, Mobile, VoIP.

According to TeliaSonera they are the first in the world to introduce a voice solution that combines mobile communications and wireless broadband. TeliaSonera’s new voice solution, launched in Denmark yesterday, merges a mobile phone and voice over IP in one and the same telephone.

The new product is called Home Free. It is based on the UMA standard (Unlicensed Mobile Access), which enables a mobile phone to function as an IP phone at home through a wireless network (WiFi). The user can make calls at IP rates when at home and use the phone as a normal mobile phone outside the home.

The telephone has both a normal fixed network number and a mobile phone number, making it possible to reach the user with the fixed network number regardless of location.

A subscription incuding a maximum of 5 users in a family costs DKK 189 per month. For a couple the price is DKK 149 per month. On top of the the fixed monthly subscription fee, users pay for calls and a broadband connection. Calls are free between familiy users and to any fixed network number in Denmark. Currently, the only phone on offer is a Samsung P200 that costs DKK 499 when signing up for the Home Free service.

More on the solution can be found here [in Danish]



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