Skype Journal

Unbound Spiral: Skype and PDA's

February 20, 2004 06:41 PM
Skype is breaking new ground by trying to bring PDAs that can connect to the Internet into the VoIP mix, said Zennstrom, who co-authored the software the Kazaa file-sharing network uses. "It was one of the top requests from our users," he added.

But the push to PDAs could have drawbacks. To make VoIP calls, a PDA would need to have a broadband connection. For now, only a limited number of PDAs that have built-in Wi-Fi connections would be capable of making Skype calls.
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There are a few issues when using VoIP on a PDA. (1), PDAs need a Wi-Fi connection (2), Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal is often problematic. (3), Wi-Fi VoIP Roaming needs special support.

Still, VoIP vendors are racing ahead with solutions. The Proxim AP-4000 Access Point (MSRP $899, $650 street), for example, is designed for roaming VoIP and supports pre-802.11e, the standard designed for quality of service (QoS).

Competing VoIP software for wireless PDAs is available from Palm Computer, Pocket Presence, Telesym and VLI.
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Comments (1)

While I can see the day this will happen, my experience using the fastest processor available on a PDA these days has been less than stellar.

I'm using the XTEN client on my HP 4355 and the audio quality is rather questionable to the people on the other end.

Maybe in the enterprise, but not over the public internet, as of now.

Andy Abramson

Posted by: Andy Abramson at February 23, 2004 7:42 AM