Pulver’s WiFi Phone Finally Ships

Jeff Pulver's long-awaited WiSIP, a VoIP-only cellular phone, has finally cleared regulatory hurdles and is shipping in the U.S.

Jeff Pulver's long-awaited WiSIP, a VoIP-only cellular phone, has finally cleared regulatory hurdles and is shipping in the U.S.

The WiSIP, which communicates over the internet using the 802.11b networking standard and the SIP telephony protocol, is available from the Pulver Innovations internet store. The phone sells for $249.95 and ships pre-configured to work with Pulver's Free World Dialup service.

Pulver Innovations first announced the phone in September of last year, and demonstrated it at the company's VON IP Telephony exposition in Boston that month. According to Pulver, the Federal Communications Commission authorized the phone's sale in the U.S. in January.

According to a number of people who have received their units, the WiSIP can be used with other VoIP service providers by reconfiguring its settings. As shipped by Pulver Innovations, the phone will communicate with a TFTP server that configres the unit to work only with FWD.

Those settings can be overridden by reconfiguring the phone, via a standard web browser, to stop looking for FWD's TFTP server, and then by entering information from other providers.

Tests have shown that the WiSIP works with VoicePulse Open Access and Connect service, as well as service from IConnectHere.

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