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Report: 278 Million Registered Mobile VoIP Users in 2013

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December 08, 2009

Report: 278 Million Registered Mobile VoIP Users in 2013

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

Mobile VoIP, which offers huge potential for unlimited voice calls at rates far less than traditional mobile voice plans, will have more than 278 million registered users worldwide by 2013, according to market research firm In-Stat (News - Alert)

In-Stat’s report, “Mobile VoIP-Transforming the Future of Wireless Voice,” highlights an economy of consumers looking to curb costs as a key driver for mobile VoIP services.
Meanwhile, mobile operators charge as much as 45 cents per minute for mobile voice – a rate which goes down only when subscribers opt for voice-usage plans.
While using more than 20,000 minutes per month isn’t realistic, In-Stat analysts say the example points to the fact that mobile VoIP offers the potential for unlimited voice calls for far less than traditional mobile voice plans.
According to In-Stat, the difference between what mobile operators are charging for mobile voice per minute and mobile VoIP’s potential, are key points to adoption.
While operators charge as much as 45 cents per minute for voice calls or force subscribers to buy mostly unused voice-usage plans to save on costs, with a mobile VoIP plan, it could be possible for a user to talk for about 22,222 minutes before exceeding a typical $30, 5-gigabyte mobile data cap.
Not only will the cost advantages help grow the worldwide registered user base, but mobile VoIP applications, as a result, will generate annual revenues of $32.2 billion according to In-Stat’s research.
Already offering mobile VoIP capabilities for carriers is Singapore-based REVE Systems. The company offers iTel Mobile Dialer, a mobile application that makes it possible to use VoIP via any mobile phone - the perfect solution for service providers looking to quickly and easily launch mobile VoIP service.

For more, check out the Mobile VoIP channel on TMCnet.

Learn more about REVE Systems at ITEXPO (News - Alert) East 2010, an event with an educational program that teaches resellers, enterprises, SMBs, and government agencies how to select IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications to purchase or resell. ITEXPO will be held Jan. 20 to 22 in Miami. Visit REVE Systems at booth #527 in the main exhibit hall. Don’t wait – register now.

Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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