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Can VoIP Cut Your Mobile Costs?

VoIP: It looks weird written out, it's fun to say and it can help you save money on your telecom costs.

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How to get started with mobile VoIP
How to get started with mobile VoIP



As an example, let's use Skype on the iPhone:



1. Download the Skype app from the iPhone store.



2. Sign up for Skype service for free calling over 3G or Wi-Fi to other Skype users on a mobile device or connected PC.



3. Buy Skype "credits" to call non-Skype users, paying just cents per minute (depending on where you're calling).



4. Use Skype seamlessly on the iPhone: Receive calls in the background like a regular phone call, and while on a Skype call do other tasks--like check your e-mail or your calendar--without hanging up.

For businesses looking to save money on telecom costs, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology has been a go-to method for some time. But can it help you cut your mobile bills as well? The answer isn't as straightforward.

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