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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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.
For many tech watchers, the big story in mobile VoIP was AT&T and Apple's concession last summer, after months of stalling, to allow popular VoIP service Skype on the iPhone. Why the delay? AT&T didn't want VoIP dialing to cut into its voice-service revenues, and Apple--well, it seems Apple was just being its usual controlling self.
Today, mobile users not only can use Skype apps on the iPhone, but also on Android, BlackBerry and Nokia devices. Skype even has a version of the app for Verizon users that sends the calls over its regular voice network. Skype isn't alone in mobile VoIP, either. Rivals like Fring, Truphone, Nimbuzz and Vonage offer similar capabilities. Just download the app to your phone and go. Still toe-dipping in mobile VoIP is Google, which could change the voice game altogether when it finally takes the plunge.