GoRemote Mobile Office is designed to provide workers with wired and wireless connectivity options from one interface. Under the new deal, users can initiate free VoIP phone calls on their PDAs or laptops. "A group of salespeople could talk while they're entering orders and doing business from a remote location," says GoRemote president and CEO Tom Thimot.
Skype closed a similar deal in May with Fiberlink, a GoRemote competitor. "Skype is becoming the go-to provider of voice services for the [network] aggregators, and this will help its positioning in the business market," says Current Analysis analyst Kathryn Weldon.
And through a deal with Boingo, more than 45 million Skype customers can make Internet phone calls using Boingo's Wi-Fi hot-spots.
With eBay Inc.'s planned acquisition of Skype, VoIP will move to online auctioneers. EBay sees VoIP becoming part of the E-commerce experience.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.