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Over the past decade, multimedia services have gained significant acceptance and played an important role in the convergence of IP networks. Supporting mobility in IP (Internet Protocol) networks is a crucial step towards satisfying the nomadic communication paradigms on the current Internet. The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) presents one approach towards supporting IP mobility. Additionally, SIP is increasingly gaining in popularity as the next generation multimedia signaling and session establishment protocol. It is anticipated that the SIP infrastructure will be extensively deployed all over the Internet. In this paper, we explore an efficient approach to inter-domain SIP mobility in an attempt to improve personal and terminal mobility schemes. We succeed in applying a persistent identification framework to application level SIP addressing by introducing a level of indirection on top of the traditional SIP architecture. We refer to our approach as the Handle SIP (H-SIP). H-SIP leverages the current SIP architecture abstracting any domain binding from users. Our approach to mobility is user-controlled. We experimentally prove the efficiency of H-SIP in achieving inter-domain authentication and call routing through modeling and real-time measurements.