Window(s) Shopping

by Stuart Zipper

I was window shopping in the mall the other day, when almost amusingly I found myself Windows – not window – shopping. There, in the middle of Denver’s upscale Cherry Creek Mall was a Microsoft Surface booth, and not far away was an AT&T store with a snazzy new Windows Phone 8-powered phone, running on LTE.

As of today, neither the Surface or the phone support full-featured VoIP service, but that’s just temporary. Once the killer Surface – the one with the full Windows 8, not the so-called “RT” version available right now – hits market in January, there should be no problem running Phone.com’s recently-released Communicator client on the device. After all, I’m already running it on my Window 7 laptop (which I would gladly replace with the new super-Surface, given the chance).

And thus once the super-Surface hits market – You’ll have a $1,500 cellphone/office switchboard extension, assuming the Surface comes with LTE support, which it almost most certainly will. But for that you’ll get a cellphone with a giant screen and the full capabilities of a high-powered PC.

Meanwhile, over at the AT&T store, the salesman told me that he had measured the real bandwidth he was getting on his shiny new LTE phone, and it clocked in at 40 Mb/s. That’s better than three times the speed I’m getting from my Century Link DSL (I could get that speed DSL, but at a price at least three times what I’m now paying). It’s also far more than needed for excellent VoIP communications, and as I’ve written before, the bit of polishing LTE needs to shine with VoIP has been tested and should hit market soon. Software to turn the cellphones in VoIP devices, indeed into extensions of the virtual switchboard offered by Phone.com and other VoIP providers, can’t be far behind.