Zer01 Mobile uses VOIP, own IP backbone and Windows Mobile



Its rare to see something completely novel in the mobile world, but Zer01 Mobile is certainly that. Using a proprietary SIP client on Windows Mobile phones, the new American MVNO is promising unlimited calls and data for a low $70 per month, completely contract and credit-check free. For $10 more per month, you also get unlimited international calling to 40 countries.

The network uses its own IP backbone and interconnect agreements with various data providers, and uses AT&T for the last mile to your phone.

"No calls, period, go out over the GSM network," said Zer01 chief executive Ben Piilani.

The service integrates fully with the Windows Mobile OS, allowing the phone’s own dialler to be used, and due to Quality of Service provisions built into the software will work even over EDGE or 3G.

"We’ve developed specific algorithms in our technology that address latency issues across the GSM networks," Piilani said.

Each device on the Zer01 network gets a fixed IP address and opens a VPN tunnel to the company’s servers.

"It’s our own VPN, and we’re actually providing the data the customer is using,"

The service works with most Windows Mobile phones, and many handsets are already certified, meaning users can bring existing devices to the carrier.  For those without Zer01 is providing 3 HTC Windows Mobile devices, the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch 3G and the HTC Tytn II (better known as the Tilt)

Zer01 is a division of Unified Technologies Group, a company run by Piilani that also operates a land-line VOIP service and has had interests in broadband-over-power-line technology.

The new carrier plans to launch with a closed beta in April, and to set a commercial launch date at the CTIA trade show on April 1.

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