According to an earlier article at msmobiles.com and another newer article on InfoWorld, SyChip - the ODM of the SanDisk and Socket SD Wi-Fi cards, is currently developing Smartphone drivers for these cards:
Chip design company SyChip is testing software for its SDIO (secure digital I/O) WLAN (wireless LAN) card so it can be used to add Wi-Fi capability to smart phones.
With the card and the software, smart phones can use a WLAN to transmit data and double as a cordless VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone when linked to a corporate IP telephony service, said Navi Miglani, SyChip's director of marketing.
During a session at the Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo in San Jose, California, Wednesday, Miglani showed a Windows Mobile-based Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. i600 device with the SDIO card and a beta version of the driver software. A final version is due out in the first quarter of 2004, along with software for Palm OS-based smart phones, he said.
While this is definitely good news and really appreciated, I would like to add several thoughts here:
- I wonder if carriers like the idea. As we know today's cellphones are mostly sold through operators and are mostly heavily subsidized. If a Smartphone becomes Wi-Fi enabled to use a WLAN to transmit data and double as a cordless VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone the carrier might lose revenue - especially because we get more and more Wi-Fi HotSpots all over the world.
In fact - from my point of view - this could slow down the interest of carriers to pick-up the Smartphone platform. Of might might drive carriers into the wrong direction to release Smartphones without SDIO enabled slots!
- With the current available card size and the location of the SD slot with all current available Smartphone (on the side not on top), I wonder how convenient the use can be:
Don't get me wrong, Wi-Fi enabled Smartphones are really appreciated but I think the risks are quiet high and also today's hardware isn't the greatest to be used with cards which looks out of the device!
Cheers ~ Arne
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