Mobile voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) today is at odds with the major carriers, since it diverts voice calls into already overcrowded data channels as well as siphoning off revenues for long-distance calling. However, with 4-G deployment, data channels will have the capacity and mobile carriers will have the motivation to support VoIP. Look for VoIP to become the dominant long-distance telephone modality within seven years. R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog
Mobile VoIP will grow its user base 10 times over five years, resulting in over 221 million users by 2014, according to In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Here is what my Smarter Technology story says about mobile VoIP: As the mobile carriers embrace voice-over-Internet protocols (VoIP), voice calls are increasingly moving into the data channel--especially with the rollout of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband. As a result, the user base is expected to grow tenfold over the next five years, creating a $6 billion market for VoIP gateway equipment suppliers...VoIP enables voice calls over the Internet—like the Skype app—by sending digitized audio over the same data channels used for Web pages and music downloads, potentially cutting long-distance calling costs to the price of your Internet connection. And with the widespread rollout of LTE mobile broadband by every major carrier, the telecoms have finally aligned their best interest with IT—enabling widespread deployment of mobile VoIP with nearly zero-cost long-distance service...
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