Mobile phones have become so common that many users forgo traditional landline telephones in lieu of one monthly phone bill. Fueled by the need for accessibility and cost-savings, mobile phones have replaced landline phones in many households. However, traditional mobile phone providers are now facing new competition for customers: mobile VoIP providers.

 

As VoIP continues to grow, smartphones have also gained increasing popularity in recent years. It is no surprise that mobile VoIP has gained attention, as customers look to eliminate or reduce costly monthly cellular phone plans.

 

What is Mobile VoIP?

 

Mobile VoIP uses a mobile phone’s 3G, 4G, GSM, or Internet service to deliver voice calls. Similar to traditional VoIP, calls are routed as packets across the mobile phone’s data network, via third-party mobile VoIP service providers.  In the event that a WiFi hotspot is available, calls can be placed via the WiFi network for free. In this case, calls do not require the use of the mobile provider’s voice or data plan.

 

Mobile VoIP requires a mobile phone with a data plan and downloading the appropriate software application. Popular mobile VoIP software includes Vonage, Skype, Vyke, and Truphone. While most applications will piggyback onto a mobile phone’s existing data plan, some applications may require phones to be unlocked.

 

Why Mobile VoIP?

 

Mobile VoIP eliminates the limitations many traditional mobile phone users experience due to:

 

  • Anytime, nights and weekends, and rollover minutes

  • Roaming charges

  • Text messaging limits

 

Benefits of Mobile VoIP

 

Mobile VoIP provides a number of significant benefits to both individuals and businesses, including the following:

 

  • Lower costs. Users have the option of completely eliminating voice plans and opting for a data-only plan. This significantly reduces the monthly service fees. If WiFi hotspots are readily available, users can further reduce the cost of data plans by using free WiFi hotspot service.

  • International call savings. Roaming fees are eliminated, thereby significantly reducing the expense of international calling.

  • Group and video chat. Mobile VoIP integrates a number of features, including video and group chat capabilities.

 

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Voice-over-WiFi

 

The appeal of WiFi hotspots for mobile VoIP has led many mobile phone manufacturers to develop hybrid phones that can access both cellular and WiFi networks. These dual-mode phones do not require downloading any VoIP applications from third-party providers. Each phone is designed to work on Voice over WiFi, or VoWiFi. In the event that there is no WiFi network available, service will automatically switch to the cellular network. This switch is as seamless as possible, to allow callers to maintain service without suffering from call interruption or dropping. The cost of monthly service plans can be further reduced with VoWiFi, as calls are first attempted using WiFi hotspots.

 

Both customers and businesses alike are looking to minimize communication costs, while maintaining mobility and accessibility. Mobile VoIP provides a viable solution for individuals who want to eliminate or reduce the costs associated with monthly mobile phone plans. Businesses looking to streamline operations and reduce overhead, especially those with employees who frequently travel, can also benefit from mobile VoIP services.