Internet service provider iiNet (ASX:IIN) has revealed plans to launch the latest device in its all-in-one wireless modem and phone range, iiNet BoB, in April this year.
The device, developed by iiNet Labs, builds on the original BoB and combines plug and play phone and internet.
iiNet general manager business, Steve Harley, said the development of iiNet BoB was the result of many months of research into what needed improving on the original BoB.
“We learnt a lot from the original BoB and after selling more than 70,000 units, we got a feel for what our customers are looking for when looking for an all-in-one home internet solution,” Harley said in a statement.
“iiNet BoB’s handset has a full colour screen which makes it easier to use, it comes with built-in answering machine functionality and includes a parental control.”
According to Harley, the device is compatible with fetchtv and will be available when the National Broadband Network (NBN) is rolled out, however, a retail price for the device has not been released.
The new device will include an ADSL2+ modem router which supports the latest 802.11n standards in wireless technology, a handset with a built-in message bank and dual Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capabilities to support two phone numbers from dual providers.
The Perth-based ISP flagged intentions to expand on products including BoB, fetchtv and Naked DSL when it opened iiNet Labs in November last year. The in-house research and development division was established for the production of media devices to respond to changing customer demands and trends.
In other iiNet news, as reported by Computerworld Australia, the Federal Court recently dismissed an appeal by Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in its claim that iiNet had infringed on the copyrights of the film studios the body represents.
Service providers, rights holders and internet users are now waiting to determine whether the AFACT will further appeal the decision.
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