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Motorola is to partner with Texas Instruments to produce hybrid WiFi cellphones. The phones use VoIP when on a wireless network, then revert to using 2.5G and 3G networks when outside the campus or office.

Motorola will use TI's smartphone platform, OMAP, rather than its own processors. It prefers the description "dual system" rather than "hybrid" for these devices. Quoted at Unstrung, Moto's Greg Fern said the two companies were working on handover software to allow roaming between base stations.

The phones will be tested this year and appear next year. ®

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