Smartphones and VoIP opportunity

Jeremy Allaire writes about the impact of the arrival of Wi-Fi chipsets in mobile phones:

The two big opportunities that stem from this are:

1. VoIP/SIP stacks get put into smartphones, enabling IP-based bridging and roaming into and out of the mobile networks, also enabling coverage even in the basement of the pentagon.

2. More interestingly, I think, is that your smartphone can use 10MB (realy 4MB) of data, instead of the extremely limited 30Kbps on most GPRS connections, or even the 400Kbps on pseudo-3G.

Lots at stake for mobile carriers, potentially having a huge positive impact on their cost structure for both voice and data services, and better service options for consumers.

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