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VoIP Has Gone Mobile. And So Have the Savings

June 23, 2014

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor

It’s becoming fairly common knowledge that switching over to a VoIP system for your phone calls can save significant money, whether it’s at the office or at home. But now the technology has taken another leap forward, yet not many people are aware of it. VoIP has gone mobile.

In a recent blog post, Tech Writer John Terra reports that mobile VoIP users “…will reach one billion people by 2017. In other words, one in seven mobile users will be using mVoIP.”

That’s not a number to sneeze at, and Terra took a closer look at what it all means.

“By means of an app, a mobile phone user can bypass a calling plan entirely and instead use their mobile phone’s Internet connection to make voice calls,” Terra wrote. “It’s the same principle as traditional VoIP using your home’s Internet connection to make phone calls, except now you are free to enjoy the advantages of VoIP outside of the confines of your home or work place. In either instance, you don’t need a voice network.”

The obvious advantages are huge, but it mostly boils down to cost savings. So what’s the hold-up? Why aren’t more people using mVoIP?

“Many consumers simply aren’t aware of its existence,” Terra noted “After all, the average consumer appears to still be in the process of just wrapping their heads around standard VoIP, never mind blowing their minds by saying ‘There’s also a mobile version available!’”

For call service providers, it’s not good news because they’ll likely take a hit in the pocketbook once the technology takes off.

“If your cable provider is selling you a cable subscription, Internet access plan, and traditional telephone calling, you can get rid of the latter and just keep cable and Internet,” Terra says. “Now, if you can convince the people you call the most to switch to the same VoIP provider you use, so much the better.”

Indeed. Now all that needs to happen is for folks to realize this technology is available now, and start using it. We suspect that with the convenience and savings involved, it will happen sooner rather than later.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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