I have a voip landline phone setup – this means my landline calls cost next to nothing as they go over my always-on broadband Internet connection.
I still end up paying an arm and a leg for calls from my mobile though. That may soon be about to change, however.
The Irish Telecom News site is reporting that:
Hutchison Whampoas 3 networks are to sell handsets with Skype software built in, in the boldest step yet by a European mobile network operator to branch into potentially disruptive voice-over-IP technology. At the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday, Hutchisons 3G Europe managing director, Christian Salbaing, said a trial of the service in Sweden would likely result in a rollout in that country later this year.
Not only that, but at the same 3GSM congress in Barcelona Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft have developed a voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) application that allows Office users to make free voice calls over wi-fi enabled phones running Windows Mobile software. The service is included in a mobile version of Microsoft Office Communicator due to be released this year.
Also Nokia has just unveiled its first mass-market wifi phone (the Nokia 6136) capable of:
Smooth and seamless transitions between GSM and WLAN network
And with Motorola, working on a similar handset and other manufacturers from the mobile industry and those on the periphery, such as Compaq and HP, working on pocket devices that will support VoIP and WiFi – how long until this disruptive technology finally puts downward pressure on the exorbitant prices the mobile operators have been charging us?