Although Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology has been adopted by numerous U.S. calling companies, mobile phone operators have yet to jump on this bandwagon. As the need for mobility continues to increase, people are incurring large international roaming charges, and as a result, generating large revenues for mobile carriers. So why would they begin to offer a low-cost VoIP service if they are getting away with charging large roaming fees?
President Alexey Goloshubin explains, “Making an international phone call from a cell phone can cost a small fortune, and the wireless carrier will make at least a 90 percent profit on that call.”
An international VoIP service, VOXOFON is known for providing a variety of simple, low-cost calling options, including applications that can be downloaded onto BlackBerry or Android (News
) phones, such as the T-Mobile G-1. These affordable apps then become a seamless part of the phone's operations.
Until recently using VoIP to call abroad restricted users to their computers. However, as the technology caught on and started gaining recognition, the service has been able to further progress. New companies emerged and fought head-on to deliver the most innovative services in an effort to serve this overlooked market share of friends, family and business associates all struggling to keep in touch, affordably, effectively and simply.
These providers also looked for a way to help travelers avoid roaming fees for once and for all.
Some telephone companies currently offer mobile VoIP for smartphones, but there are numerous limitations to this service. They require special software be installed, a phone that supports WiFi (News
), and calling in a WiFi zone.
According to Goloshubin, people need to realize all the money they are throwing away when they use their cell phone to call abroad.
"The worldwide recession will lead either to a reduction in the number of calls abroad or an increase in the use of VoIP," he said. "Why pay, for example, $35 dollars for a 10-minute call to Australia when you could pay 25 cents for the same call?"
He says that one reason for this budgeting carelessness is that most Americans place only a few international calls, so they may think of it as an insignificant expense. But, these calls do add up in the end.
"But a business with clients or offices abroad - or exchange students calling family and friends - that level of calling can put a big dent in the budget,” added Goloshubin.
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Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Michelle Robart