Feeds

GSM jumps from the pocket to the desk top

Fixed-line bypass

Best practices for enterprise data

British firm Burnside Telecom has launched its latest GSM handset, but it's one to replace the phone on your desk, not the one in your pocket.

The Burnside P350

The Burnside P350

The P350 is a desk top phone which happens to use a GSM network. It's quickly deployed in temporary offices, but can also allow a company in rented space to bypass their landlord's fixed-line infrastructure, which can be overpriced.

Mobile operators spend a lot of time trying to convince consumers to use their mobile phone for everything, but few have tried the same thing in the enterprise market - at least not yet. Where mobile networks have been used to connect desktop phones it's generally been where fixed infrastructure doesn't exist.

But the cost of mobile calls is dropping fast and, for businesses, the flexibility of being able to easily relocate the phones when moving offices could be appealing. Though at £199 the P350 is going to need some operator subsidy to be attractive.

Even more attractive would be the combination of a handset of this type with femtocell technology, allowing cheap calls and office flexibility.

With MS-TAPI, and call centre style headset support, the P350 certainly has the features to provide an office phone experience on a mobile infrastructure, but it might be too soon for companies to seriously consider dropping fixed-line calls, except where the alternative doesn't exist. ®

Recommendations for simplifying OS migration

More from The Register

next story
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms
Readers chat to the pair who flog the tech
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?