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Now, make video calls with fixed, mobile phones

According to Nortel Networks, the US-based makers of routers and modems, the technology could soon be part of your mobile phone package, reports Suprotip Ghosh.
Hindustan Times | By Suprotip Ghosh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2008 12:12 AM IST

You may soon be able to see who is calling you on your phone, and send SMS through your Direct to Home television channel using you remote control or make video calls with a phone that would run on a cheap Wi-Fi network, set up at home. According to Nortel Networks, the US-based makers of routers and modems, the technology could soon be part of your mobile phone package.

“We are currently in talks with India’s top telecom service providers to bring these options to the Indian consumer,” said Hitesh Lokhandwala Managing Director, Nortel India.

Nortel is planning to roll out what is known as IP Powered Home Solutions, a technology that connects televisions and video phones to the Internet and your telecom service provider through VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol. VoIP is a technology that connects telephones and televisions to the Internet.

Nortel's IP Powered Home solutions allow service providers to offer a core VoIP bundle and three optional bundles. The core bundle includes advanced phone services for the home like affordable VoIP lines for each member of the family, videocalling features and one number for both fixed and mobile phones.

The core bundle also includes Nortel's Personal Agent, a web-based tool that allows users to choose how calls are routed based on time of day, day of the week or caller ID as well as the ability to configure ringing profiles so that calls ring only on the home phone, simultaneously on the home phone and the mobile phone, or in sequence.

These technologies can be simply and cheaply used on existing telephones at home, according to Lokhandwala. The technology has three options, the first of which is a dual mode phone that works on both cellular and WiFi networks and can be used in the home or as a regular mobile phone.

The second, an Internet option, allows users to expand their communications onto the Internet. Without displaying a phone number, consumers can be called directly from a link on their webpage, blog, social network like Facebook or even email signature using simple voice or a full video service.

The third, or TV option, allows users to manage voicemail messages, call logs, instant messages and see who's calling on their TV. They can also initiate calls from their TV and easily reject, ignore, or forward calls using their TV remote.

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