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  • 1. The home phone is dead: Long live the home phone Dilip Kenchammana Chief Technologist, VoIP Products Trolltech
  • 2.
    • More consumers go without a home phone today than just a decade ago
      • Mobile phones
      • VoIP on a laptop
      • Freedom from hassle of monthly landline phone bill
  • 3.
    • But the “Use-Case” for a home phone is more relevant than ever!
      • Talk is cheap (so is messaging and web access)
      • Families are geo-fragmented
      • Want more: Video calls, 3-way calls, video messaging
      • Human factors haven’t changed: big hand, fat finger
  • 4.
      • The central communications hub, not the only phone
      • Easy video calling
      • Allow families to exchange messages and get shared info from the Web
      • A sharing medium for family photos and videos
    Trend #1: The home phone is reincarnating in new roles
  • 5.
    • Trend #2: The home phone is reincarnating in new form factors
      • VoIP-Photo-Frame, Video-Desk-Phone
      • Powerful chipsets, competitive price-points
      • HW specs: e.g. 9” WVGA Touchscreen, BT/DECT/WiFi, VGA webcam, hi-fi speakerphone, multimedia co-processor, 128MB RAM/ROM, 2GB external memory card
      • SW specs: e.g. “SmartSimplicity” Finger-touch UI, Unified IP Communications, Web, Photos, Videos
  • 6. Concept Demo
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  • 7.
    • 2009 is shaping up to be the year of the new home phone
      • Chipsets and peripherals are available today at attractive price-points
      • Software companies, e.g. Trolltech, are launching products for this segment
      • Service providers are aiming to launch these devices in the next 12 months
  • 8.
      • Long live the home phone(s)!
  • 9. An eComm 2008 presentation – http://eCommMedia.com for more