Tovo t450g - WiFi VOIP & GSM
15th November 2006
The Tovo t450g is a hybrid WiFi
VOIP / GSM handset, that can work either on a standard
mobile network or by using Voice-Over-IP on a suitable
wireless ethernet connection.
We first saw the Tovo t450g in the spring
as the Pirelli
Discus DualPhone DP L10, and in terms of the handset
itself, the Tovo t450g is identical to the DualPhone.
As far as its GSM capabilities
are concerned, the Tovo t450g is a basic but practical
device with a 128x128 pixel display, 0.3 megapixel (VGA
resolution) camera, tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 support
and GPRS. There's also MMS, SMS and email message capabilities
plus some PIM functionality.
Of course, this is really a VOIP handset,
and the Tovo t450g has 802.11g wireless ethernet supporting
WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption. As a GSM phone, the t450g
is a bit basic, but it's pretty advanced for a VOIP
device and it manages to do both GSM and VOIP in a device
weighing only 95 grams.
Businesses can centrally manage Tovo
t450g devices, or it can simply be used as a consumer
device. Several different t450g handset can be used
on the same wireless network. Larger customers can use
a virtual PABX solution to roll out multiple Tovo devices
seamlessly (using the back-end technology provided by
Pirelli), but one drawback for individual consumers
is that the Tovo will have both a standard GSM number
and a VOIP number, so it's not quite so seamless.
In the UK, the Tovo t450g forms part
of the of Mobiboo
range of VOIP solutions, offering the usual range of
dial-in and dial-out functionality that you might find
with a bigger name such as Skype. The t450g will work
on a variety of home and business WiFi systems, plus
public hotspots from The Cloud and looseconnection.
Mobiboo say that there are nearly 7000 public access
points at present that can be used with the Tovo system
in the UK, plus any other publicly available hotspots.
Mobiboo also offer a couple of non-GSM
WiFi VOIP handsets, either directly or through specialist
retailers (including some branches of Tesco). The Tovo
t450g currently costs around £170 directly from the
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t450g at a glance
900/1800/1900 + VOIP
pixels, 65K colours
/ weight not specified