Innovations: RabbitPoint's VoIP mobile a mixed bag

RabbitPoint's new VoIP mobile combines surprisingly good quality with a lack of flexibility.

In theory RabbitPoint sounds like a major breakthrough. It is a Voice over Internet Protocol-based mobile that uses Wi-Fi networks to enable owners to make free calls to other RabbitPoint phone owners. International or landline calls cost up to 1.5p per minute.

Connecting the handset to my wireless network proved tricky, but once I'd gone through the menu and keyed in my network password I was away. It stores your most used wireless connections so you don't have to log on every time. Overall, the quality was surprisingly good.

The downside is the handset, which has a mono screen and large protruding aerial. It can't receive calls unless the phone has logged on to a wireless connection, and while the calls are cheap or free, the service costs £9.99 per month. It is an intriguing idea but the company's 3G/Wi-Fi handset, which will give the system a lot more flexibility, arrives later in the year.

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