08 Jan '13, 12am

CES 2013: UrbanHello Takes a Step Toward the HD Telephony Era

CES 2013: UrbanHello Takes a Step Toward the HD Telephony Era

When I first saw the UrbanHello phone, last night at the Consumer Electronics Show, I laughed. A speakerphone for landline phones? The landline phone system is going away. Then I realized what it was—a product at the leading edge of the very telephony revolution IEEE Spectrum had just done a story about. A few weeks ago we published an interview about the end of the public phone network —this is the idea that the circuit-switched network is going away, in favor of end-to-end packet-switching. And just like the transition from analog to digital television brought us HD TV, the big benefit to moving from analog telephony to digital would be HD telephony. UrbanHello is the first HD phone I’ve seen, one of the first ever. The phone is basically a cordless handset that can communicate with any base station that adheres to the DECT-GAP standard. If the base station is part of a ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/ces-2...

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