D-Link has announced a new line of "V-CLICK" dual-mode phones that allow users to switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks with the click of a button.
Promised to be released during the first quarter of 2007, the new D-Link V-CLICK line of phones will feature tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 Mhz) and 802.11 Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz) access. By sliding a SIM card into the V-CLICK phone, the user automatically gains GSM access. Stored phone numbers and address books are also automatically taken into the phone from the SIM card.
With a press of the V-CLICK button, the phone activates or deactivates the Wi-Fi connection that allows users to access websites or an Internet phone service.
D-Link V-CLICK phones comes in a polished black compact form factor (h 4.17", w 1.73", d .75"), with additional colours planned to fit any lifestyle. The V-CLICK phones support Opera Mobile, a mobile browser for logging into Wi-Fi hotspots, web surfing and email functionality on the phone's 2 inch (176x220 pixels) colour screen.
The company is not selling a VoIP service, but says that these are available by way of well-advertised consumer plans or from a mobile service provider network.
For regular cell phone coverage, the D-Link V-CLICK phones will be "unlocked," allowing users to use their existing SIMs and pre-paid SIMs from traditional GSM service providers anywhere in the world. By pressing the V-CLICK button, users activate a configurable wireless and SIP profile. Multiple profiles are available that make usage between home and office automatic.
Standards-based wireless encryption (WEP, WPA and WPA2) built into the V-CLICK phone enables enhanced security of transmission.
D-Link says users will be able to have up to 5 hours talk time on GSM, and 2 hours while in 802.11 wireless mode. Upto 24MB (megabytes) of memory is available for documents, images, music and video files. The phone can store up to 30 messages can be stored at 459 characters each, up to 300 contacts, up to 100 tasks and up to 100 calendar events with 160 characters per event.
The product seems to be an iteraction of Winstron NeWeb's GW1 handset, which is also available as a CDMA/Wi-Fi mobile phone.
The suggested retail price is expected to be US$599.99. D-Link also plans to offer accessories for its new dual-mode phone products.