We know a hot market when we see one, and it's clear that wireless VoIP handsets fit the bill. An announcement from Cicero Networks, an Irish company, says that its product -- cleverly named the CiceroPhone -- can be hosted by Nokia's S60 family of handsets.
That puts the CiceroPhone in the pockets of a whole lot of people: More than 8 million S60 devices shipped during the second quarter of the year. All told, more than 70 million devices are in the field.
There is, of course, a lot of action in the converged handset arena. And, as in any scenario in which a lot of news is being made, interested potential consumers need to parse vendor claims very carefully. Precisely what is new in each announcement? Is it a shade of gray just different enough to justify a press release, or has the vendor done something that truly is intriguing? Is the new element a core value, or a bell and whistle? One rule of thumb that works for us: The value of the news tends to be inversely proportional to the complexity of the press release announcing it.