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A few companies are offering software that lets cell phones make voice over IP calls: Some of them do voice over IP over the data channel of the cellular network. This would be a nightmare for the cell phone operators, except that the operators are charging out the nose for the data connections. It really doesn’t make sense to use these services over the cellular channel. What this article neglects to point out is that customers of Mint pay a $7 monthly fee plus two cent per minute calls PLUS the monthly subscription for the data service. In the U.S., those subscriptions are in the $80 range, or more, for unlimited use. If you make a ton of international calls and you’re looking for a great price, you’d just use voice over IP on a computer or use some of the discount international calling companies.
These services could make sense over Wi-Fi, however. In a public hotspot, customers would have to add the cost of access to the hotspot, assuming they could authenticate and pay for access using their mobile device.
Posted by nancyg at June 24, 2005 5:55 AM
Categories: Voice over IP over Cellular
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