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Thursday, June 30, 2005

UTStarcom F1000 WiFi IP Phone Review

weicheng jiang has posted a review of the F1000 Wifi phone:

I bought a UTStarcom F1000 WiFi IP Phone from and tested it with Asterisk. This is a my first impression of the device.

The F1000 supports SIP. It looks and operates like a cell phone, and connects to the Internet through WiFi, so you can use it at any WiFi hotspot. I set up a 802.11b wi-fi network with a Linksys BEFW11S4 Wireless-B broadband router with no security requirement and SSID broadcast enabled. When I turned on the F1000 it automatically picked up the signal and connected to the network.

Usage of the keypad is pretty intuitive, the buttons are the same as on a cell phone, I didn't bother to read the user guide. ;-) I scrolled to the Wi-Fi configuration menu and entered the domain of my asterisk server as the SIP proxy. In the same section I entered my asterisk user name and password. After a reboot the phone was registered to my asterisk server! I made a few calls and the call quality was fine, similar to a regular IP phone.

I then took the phone to the office, it also picked up the wifi signal there and connected to the Internet automatically. Nice! I showed it off to my colleague and they wanted to get one too.

I will follow up with a review of the advanced features such as call transfer and 3-way calling.

Feature List:
-802.11b Wireless
-Frequency band 2.4GHz
-G.711, G.729a/b codecs
-SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)
-3-Way Calling
-Call Forwarding, Call Transfer, Call Waiting
-Talk time up to 5 hours
-Call Hold / Resume
-Call rejecting / redial / mute
-802.1x Authentication
-Comfort noise generation (CNG)
-Voice activity detection (VAD)
-Echo cancellation
-Adaptive jitter buffer
-64 and 128bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
-Weight 111g
-Dimensions 11 x 4.5 x 2.2 cm
-100-240VAC 50-60Hz 120mA universal charger
-Transmission output 20mW
-RTP (Real-Time Transfer Protocol) / RTCP
-SDP (Session Description Protocol)
-SAP (Session Announcement Protocol)
-Standby time 50 - 100 hours
-Li-ion DC 3.6V 1500mAh battery
-Charging time 2 - 3 hours

- Lucas