Ericsson, AT&T, and Mozilla have announced WebPhone, a new browser-based platform that will tightly integrate phone services with your computer. Through the platform, users will be able to make video and voice calls, receive and send text and media messages, and use other services usually solely available through a mobile phone.

The new platform uses WebRTC, a protocol that allows for communications such as video and voice transfer without a plugin. Google's Chrome browser already supports the fledgling standard, while Mozilla recently introduced support for the protocol in its nightly Firefox builds for developers. Ericsson will be demonstrating a proof-of-concept version of WebPhone at MWC this week, so we'll bring you our impressions of the prototype platform soon.