VoIP startup Vonage announced plans to begin offering dual-mode handsets with support for both cellular and Wi-Fi access during the second half of the year. This is the latest in a series of steps taken by the company as part of its diversification strategy. It is selling V-Phone — a VoIP phone in a stick that enables users to make calls online when it is attached to a PC — and plans to go into resale deals with ISPs, similar to what it has with Charter Communications.
Analysts believe Vonage is making the latest movie because it suffered a decline in subscription growth over the last holiday season as rival companies such as Comcast, Cablevision, and Cox Cable companies started offering VoIP or Web-calling services. In addition, other VoIP providers have decided to go mobile (Norway’s Telco) or wireless (Skype).