New Crop of Mobile VoIP Services Cut Data Plan Costs
A slew of vendors are now offering mobile VoIP, allowing mobile IT to cut their wireless data plan expenses by having mobile workers place low-cost calls on smartphones. The premise is simple. Call abroad through your regular carrier and youll pay (typically steep) international rates. If youve got a generous data plan, on the other hand, why not send that call via your data connection and pay practically nothing?
Thats the idea behind VPhone, a product of 10-year-old Australian firm Matrix Knowledge Management. The application is available to consumers for $2 and also to VoIP Service Providers (VSPs) for them to white label package as an ancillary service to their customers. Already available for Symbian S60 3G, Android, and Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, VPhone recently joined the near-endless roster of apps available through the iTunes App Store. Getting the product listed on the Apps Store was no small feat. "It took us about eight weeks to get it approved and during those eight weeks there was very, very little communications," said Matrix Managing Director Jerry Monteiro. Having cleared that hurdle, however, Monteiro said, VPhone now finds itself facing a handful of competitors including iTelBilling, VoipSwitch and RADVISION.