Mobile VoIP is gaining popularity as more people use mobile phones and more wi-fi hotspots are introduced in different parts of the world. All you need to use it is a mobile phone with wireless Internet connection. Although mobile VoIP (i.e. RingCentral) is still in its early stages, it is expected to improve as providers find more ways to improve its technological capacities. Providers such as MegaPath have led the way in innovation and offer superior mobile VOIP services.
Mobile VoIP has several advantages over traditional cellular networks:
No more cellphone bills — Cellular phone service(s) are expensive. You pay roaming charges when you call someone from another country. In contrast, mobile VoIP is affordable. You save a lot of money because VoIP international call rates are cheaper than normal cellphone rates.
More portability – Mobile phones are limited to a certain coverage area. If you use it outside the network range, you will pay more for cellular services. With mobile VoIP, any place with wireless Internet connection is enough to meet your calling needs. You are not limited to texting and calling.
Features – Traditional cellular phone providers cannot offer you features that can be enjoyed in mobile VoIP such as:
a) Online voice mail management – You can access and manage your voice mail account through wireless Internet.
b) Random call rejection – You can reject all calls from unfamiliar or unrecognizable numbers. This feature lets you save time that would have been spent fending yourself from unwanted callers.
c) Call forwarding – You can manage your calls and forward all unattended calls into a different phone number so you don’t miss out any important call.
d) Softphone support – Install software on your mobile phone so you can use VoIP wherever you go. Your landline phone cannot support softphone software.
e) Caller ID – Know who is calling you before picking up the mobile phone.
f) Speed dial – Press a digit to dial your entire mobile number.
Obstacles to Growth
Mobile VoIP will definitely become more technologically advanced in the future. However, certain hurdles keep it from progressing quickly. Here are some of the challenges that mobile VoIP face:
Competition among cellular providers – Mobile VoIP’s greatest rivals are cellular networks. Many cellphone networks that do not offer mobile VoIP have wireless Internet plans for subscribers. But the plans are usually too expensive, so subscribers stay away from these wireless services.
Low customer demand – Some phone users are still happy with traditional mobile phone services. Others are not even aware of the existence of mobile VoIP. Also, many users don’t use smartphones. Mobile VoIP has a long way to go before it can attract enough customers that are willing to drop traditional cellphone services in favor of mobile VoIP.
Limited wireless hotspots – Despite the growing prevalence of wi-fi hotspots, not all parts of the world have them. Also, different countries around the world have different levels of Internet speed. Developed countries have wireless Internet connections that can go as fast as 4G, while some developing countries still use 2.5G wireless. This serious limitation hampers the development of mobile VoIP services.
Mobile VoIP has a bright future because of its affordability and portability compared to traditional mobile phones. It is expected to become a worldwide trend when more countries switch to 4G Internet wireless access and improve the accessibility of wi-fi hotspots around the world.