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Mobile VoIP: The Preferred Communications Platform

There is a phenomenon sweeping the global market where communications are concerned. Consumers are increasingly ditching their landlines in favor of mobile options. As these individuals are relying solely on their mobile phones for communication needs, there is still a concern over cost and number of minutes consumed.

Mobile users want the versatility and flexibility of their mobile phones; yet they often still long for the days when they used the landline for unlimited calling for a flat fee. As a result, a gap is created that is truly filled with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). This technology enables mobile phone users to maintain the level of communications they need on their cell phone or smartphone device, without breaking the bank.

A recent news piece in CIO Update captured this trend in the United States, focusing on the rate in which Americans are dropping their landlines in favor of going all mobile. A focus on wireless Internet and texting is increasing, which creates major implications for consumer and business communications. What is interesting is while this trend is certainly noticeable in the U.S., it is also sweeping throughout the globe.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of U.S. homes have given up their landlines and use only a cell phone to communicate – whether through voice or text. Interestingly, as a New York Times piece reports, while nearly 90 percent of households in the U.S. now have a cell phone, growth in voice minutes has stalled as consumers are increasingly favoring data communications.

While carriers love the fact that consumers are moving more to data plans – as they definitely have wider margins in such plans – the trend is also migrating voice from minute usage to VoIP usage through these data plans. Consumers are now taking advantage of VoIP to make their voice calls over the Internet instead of through their voice plans and saving money.

This trend is not only occurring in the consumer base, it is also happening in the business sector where billions of minutes are necessary every month to conduct business throughout the world. As business professionals still need to be able to communicate, corporate budgets are tighter and spending is more controlled, even with the economic recovery well underway.

When VoIP is accessed on mobile devices, users get the best of all worlds. They have the opportunity to communicate globally, without paying global prices. Communications can still be a priority, spending can be monitored and controlled and users can get the level of service they have come to expect. Mobile VoIP is on the rise and now that Skype has entered the carrier space, there is not turning back.

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