Startup Volk Wireless introduced the Volk One smartphone with a very interesting and futuristic concept. It works independently of service providers, and calls, messages and the Internet are free on it.
Data transmission is carried out on a decentralized system – from one Volk One smartphone to another, as well as using Volk Fi routers, which in passing serve as wireless charging for devices with Qi technology. Routers connect to the network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and smartphones receive traffic from routers.
According to the creators of the project, owners of Volk One smartphones form their own data network, which provides them with free communication even without connecting to a cellular connection through an operator. They argue that one device is capable of capturing signals from another from a distance of several kilometers, that is, if there are a sufficiently large number of Volk One owners, the connection can be free on a vast territory – theoretically at least on the entire planet.
Volk promises free and unlimited phone calls and SMS messages to Volk One owners. As for the mobile Internet, the user can spend for free that amount of data shared with other people from his Wi-Fi point, plus another 5 gigabytes. After this conditional limit is exhausted, a fee is provided, which can be considered symbolic – one dollar for each gigabyte. You can call and send SMS messages not only within the network, but also to subscribers of any mobile operators.
In the Volk One, you can insert a regular SIM card, after which the smartphone will connect to the operator’s cellular network, but preference will still be given to the Volk internal network. The creators of the project note that this network is protected from hacking and interception and decryption of other people’s data, is not subject to listening or censorship. Unlike cellular networks, with the increase in the number of users it does not slow down, on the contrary – the more devices are connected to it, the more stable, more reliable and faster it works.
The project did not buy a license from the Federal Communications Commission, and uses the range for industrial, scientific and medical purposes in the region of 900 MHz and a bandwidth of up to 50 Mbit / s for each device. For competition with LTE (and even more so 5G), this is clearly not enough, but in theory Volk will provide free communication for the entire territory of Moscow with only 5,000 smartphones evenly distributed throughout the city.
Volk One has characteristics close to the flagship. This smartphone uses a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2280 × 1080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 graphics, a fingerprint scanner, 4 GB of RAM, a 64 or 256 GB storage device, two cameras (both with 16 megapixel) and battery capacity of 3700 mAh with support for wireless charging. The body is made of anodized aluminum and covered with glass.
Checkout pre-order on the Volk One can be on the manufacturer’s website. Depending on the amount of memory a smartphone costs 394 or 494 dollars. Sales should begin at the end of 2019.
Now about sadness. At the time of the start of the project, Internet access is provided in the USA, South America, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Voice calls and sending SMS messages to the operator’s networks are possible in the USA, Canada and Mexico, and the transfer of numbers from telecom operators is supported only in the USA.