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Swedes figure out free p2p mobile calls

Put your base stations away
Tue Sep 11 2007, 15:57
A SWEDISH mobile phone outfit has worked out a way to make free calls and remove base stations from the network using P2P technology.

According to the Beeb, TerraNet's technology allows calls to be made directly between phones without needing a base station.

TerraNet founder Anders Carlius said that he was on safari in Tanzania when he was miffed that he couldn't ring his mates riding in another jeep only a few metres away. We hope it was not to report that he was being eaten by a lion.

Carlius thought that if he could make phones talk to each other without base stations it would be jolly clever.

What he worked out was a system where the phones use P2P software that use other mobiles as relay points. Since each handset has an effective range of a kilometre there should be enough to get a decent network.

It is also free as in free beer.

When a TerraNet phone is switched on, it begins to look for other phones within range. If it finds them, it starts to connect and your father's brother is someone called Robert. µ


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