You’ve been an avid user of voice over Internet protocol, or VOIP, on your laptop for years. With VOIP, you’ve been able to make international audio and video calls without having to pay a traditional phone carrier. That’s because VOIP technology uses the Internet to connect you with the other party. You selected an Internet browser that provided VOIP technology for no additional cost.
Now that VOIP technology has made its way to the mobile market, you’re thinking of expanding your usage from just your laptop to your cell phone. This could come in handy during a trip you’re planning, as you won’t face long distance charges. But MVOIP (short for mobile VOIP) remains a new market, and you don’t want to take the plunge until you’re sure it won’t backfire and cause you headaches. You’ll be glad to know that MVOIP is further along than you may think.
Even if your mobile phone isn’t always on, you don’t have to worry about losing access to your contacts or missing calls. MVOIP is downloaded as an app that not only works on your phone, but can also be synced to your laptop or tablet. This comes in handy during those times you need your mobile phone for something else, such as taking pictures. If you can’t take a call, retrieve the message later from any one of your devices.
So what if your family and friends haven’t made the switch to MVOIP yet or rely on a different mobile app than the one you downloaded? Don’t fret. You can still make MVOIP calls. However, you can expect to incur a fee per minute for communicating with these folks. At the end of the day, you’re likely to find that any costs that are added for talking to out-of-network friends are still far less than what you would pay a carrier for a traditional mobile phone plan.
Future of MVOIP
You don’t want to get used to using MVOIP if the technology fails to catch on and becomes obsolete at some point in the future. After all, mobile VOIP has not experienced the same popularity as traditional VOIP, and there’s no guarantee that it will. However, researchers predict that MVOIP will find its way to more than 1 billion users by 2017. So the technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
The biggest obstacle you may find in moving into MVOIP is selecting a provider. Not only are there providers dedicated exclusively to providing various VOIP services, but traditional mobile carriers who are losing revenue to Internet calls are similarly offering VOIP services for mobile these days.Read More