Vonage is set to release its portable WiFi phone, called the F1000, today. It's been in the works for ages, but we finally have some specs and pricing details. Manufactured by UTStarcom, you'll be able to use this phone on any public 802.11b network, and it's configured to work with existing Vonage call features, such as three-way calling, caller ID and voicemail. It will also have cellphone-type ring options, like silent, vibrate and selectable ring tones and you'll be able to save WiFi profiles. Battery life is about 5 hours of talk time and up to 100 hours of standby, according to Vonage. The phone is available from Vonage and should cost about $80 after rebate.
The service is free to the company's customers The service does require all users, even those who are existing Vonage subscribers, to purchase a calling plan with the wifi phone. So if you are a current customer, and you buy the wifi phone, you still need to sign up of a new plan for the phone.
One problem: because it uses WiFi, any hotspot that asks you to pay will be off-limits to this phone, which could be annoying (thanks a TON, Starbucks).
Vonage to sell Wi-Fi phone [News.com]