June 20, 2007
Malaysia to manufacture world's first Wi-Fi centric mobile phone
Malaysia's Comintel corporation Bhd signed an agreement with Gupp Technologies Incorporated to manufacture the world's first Linux-based dual mode Wi-Fi centric mobile phone on June 20.
The smart phone, which can be used over Voice Over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) and GSM networks, will enable users to transfer calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, Comintel said in a statement.
"These smartphone will be able to seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and Standard GS networks facilitated by its Linux system, maximizing on cost efficiency," said the company.
Under the agreement, Comintel has acquired a minority stake in Gupp Technologies Incorporated and an exclusive manufacturing contract for the smart phones.
In addition, Gupp Technologies has awarded Comintel the sole distribution and marketing rights of the phone for the Asia Pacific region.
Gupp Technologies is in its final stage of testing the smart phone.
With the new smart phones, the two companies hope to tap into IP smart mobile communication entertainment devices, which is said to be the "next big thing" in mobile phone technology. PNA/Bernama