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Is The Mobile PBX In Your Future

In the past I've written about the idea of a Mobile PBX and how it could come to be.

Well it seems I'm not alone in that arena as Network World has an interesting "think piece" on the subject.

With 4G via WiMax and LTE the "mobile PBX" becomes more and more a reality, as fatter wireless bandwidth makes more things possible. This is a big boon to companies who have a clear handle on the "cloud" like Skype, Gizmo, clients Truphone, ifByPhone, Junction Networks, iotum, HiDef Conferencing, wonderkind cloud developer Thomas Howe and a few others out there like Jay and Jason at Adhearsion,

Why? Because with cloud technology, and an open pipe, the mobile device becomes a smart controller, not a dumb end point. That means you can do more things from anywhere. As MIDs and Netbooks become more voice and video endpoints, not simply "data terminals" we end up with very powerful pocket and bag size devices that can do more. Client Nokia with their N900 Linux based device is heading that way, as is Apple. I fully expect Microsoft and Cisco to also be players in this evolving world of connectivity that occurs on demand, not always on all the time.


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While I agree with what you are saying, it does seem a bit ironic: we use cloud computing, which intends to offload work from our terminals and allow them to become dumb, only to end up with devices that are smarter.

Michael Graves

I'm not sure how a mobile PBX would be any different from my OnSIP account. It already incorporates whatever SIP devices I have. What has been lacking is a solidly capable mobile SIP client on all mobile devices.

And of course, the carriers are a major impediment. They simply don't allow any VoIP applications on their wireless networks. But that dam will soon bust, too.

I wonder if FMC as we now think of it is even necessary? If your cell phone is just a SIP end-point you can transfer the call from your desk to your cell seamlessly.

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