Voice over Internet Protocol service on a mobile device, better known as “mobile VoIP,” has gained a lot of ground recently as the development is destabilizing a lot of industries and even making some mobile phone companies nervous.
Along with the rapid gain in mobile VoIP, there comes the addition of extra features being added since most companies are looking to get in on the next big thing already in progress.
One of the new developments comes from VoX Communications, who offers a subscription-free "Pay and Go" plan that allows users to buy as much or as little talk time as they like, complete with both long-distance and international calling. While they've had the "Pay and Go" option for some time, more recently, they've added on the ability to pay for it through PayPal (News - Alert), meaning the over 100 million PayPal users out there will be able to get long-distance or international calling for a low price and pay for it through their PayPal accounts.
A second development has come from eBuddy, who looked at the mobile VoIP market and realized that Skype (News - Alert) already pretty much had the floor in a large portion of it. Thus, eBuddy's offering won't work on tablets, or on computers. eBuddy will instead be focusing on the smartphone and mobile messenger market, and to kick off their launch, they're putting the brunt of their attention squarely on the Indian market. Their plan also calls for a special focus on Indonesia and Brazil, where developing economies and spreading smartphone usage make eBuddy's (News - Alert) alternative a particularly bright idea.
Finally, there's been a new development with Facebook, as they look to start testing their own mobile VoIP app in Canada. Designed to work within Facebook (News - Alert), and give users access to what looks like a Skype-style system in which users would be able to call other users from their profiles, it's the kind of thing that could be a serious shake-up given Facebook's mammoth user base. Considering also the fact that Facebook users are going increasingly mobile, that makes this the kind of thing that could compete not only with Skype, but also with Google Voice.
There are many benefits to a mobile VoIP system. Not only does it work where ever Internet access can be found--even 4G or, in some cases, 3G--but it also allows for large numbers of features to be brought into play. Cost savings are also a major part of the mobile VoIP landscape, especially when the issue of long-distance calling comes up. For international calls, the difference can be larger still, and in an economy that's still struggling to fire up properly, cost savings--whether for the business or the household--are a welcome part of the landscape. Consolidation can be a part of the equation, and in some cases, mobile VoIP can bring new features to the table that a land-line phone system, or even some more terrestrial VoIP systems, couldn't.
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Edited by Stefania Viscusi