A New Mexico wide area hot spot will offer unlimited VoIP over WiFi. As Nancy Gohring writes cell phone carriers should start looking over their shoulders.
While SBC has the right idea with Freedom Link access in every UPS/Mail Boxes Etc. location you can find for WiFi, what I don't get is the ignorance of the cable operators when it comes to WiFi and then VoIP.
If the cable ops really wanted to be in the VoIP business big time all they'd have to do is make everyone of their cable node boxes a hotspot and deploy some sort of mesh technology. Then, if they worked with the local business owners to create hotspots in cafe's, pizza parlors, hair salons, book stores and markets in exchange for free cable you could take your WiFi VoIP phone around town and still be connected.
This could be the counter to the Cricket Communications strategy which is also local, but more importantly it would mean one phone, one email account, one set of server settings, access setting to be on a network.
But remember. The MSOs only want to have a perfect product and we're not quite there just yet.