Since its conception the mobile phone was destined to be a voice communication device. Later SMS was added to its feature list, allowing us to send short text messages to other users – much like email, but significantly shorter.
With the introduction of mobile data communication and the iPhone – a device that was capable of both playing online casino games on its large screen and allowing its users to give red flush online casino facebook page a like – the phone has become way more than just a voice and text communications device. And with the increasing penetration of smartphones and the improving speed and coverage of mobile data I wonder if we still need voice at all.
Today’s internet enabled smartphones offer us a series of alternatives to the classic voice subscription. Online voice communications services like Skype or Viber have been used for quite some time now, allowing internet users on any device to communicate with each other without even needing a phone number. But what about landlines or countries where the internet is used to a far lower extent?
Well, there are solutions for such problems, too – Skype, for example, offers its users the possibility to register a “Skype number”, a virtual phone number acting just like a real one that, when called, will ring the attached Skype client on the users’ desktop computers, mobile phones or tablets. And the cost of such a phone number is close – or even under – the monthly cost of a classic voice plan at most service providers.
Calls using the phone numbers provided by operators are becoming less and less common among younger generation users. They usually prefer their favorite smartphone apps to communicate with each other – Facebook Messenger is the first that comes to mind.
This app – that at first seemed like a useless one, the messaging features for Facebook being integrated into their app – has recently added support for voice and video calls over the internet, making it another viable alternative to voice calling. Not to mention the fact that while voice and video calls through mobile plans cost you money, calls through mobile internet clients cost you nothing over the cost you pay for your data plan.
Of course, for internet voice and video calls to become the mainstream there have to be changes in the mobile subscription plans offered by the operators. Some have made the first step already – Digi Mobil, a mobile operator from Romania, has launched a data plan that costs 2 EUR a month, which offers unlimited voice calls within its network, hundreds of international minutes, and unlimited data consumption – you can freely download anything, make as many voice and video calls as you like, and not pay a dime in extra costs. If more operators choose this path the classic voice calls might disappear completely in the following years.