So, as expected, Skype is coming to the iPhone with calls only being made over Wifi.
Things to note:
- You can sort your contacts alphabetically or by who’s online
- You can dial a number or quickly call a contact stored in your address book.
- iPod Touch users will need earphones with a mic to talk.
- The chatting feature is included.
- During a call you can mute the line, go on hold, or put the call on speakerphone.
- The ability to accept incoming conference calls.
So what is the big deal?
Well, it’s not such a big deal since you can download and install Skype on most new phones/smartphones. I have been using VOIP on my phone for a long time and save a tonne. It’s a given that most new phones will have Skype already installed.
The main thing is that alarm bells will be ringing for most mobile phone operators. Will VOIP replace mobile phone networks? YES!
They should be terrified. It’s very likely that VOIP will replace the standard phone networks and
email will replace text messaging. As wifi and HSDPA grow it will become more commonplace to use email and VOIP and why wouldn’t you? The possibilities are somewhat endless as apps link and merge together.
I hope the iPhone will show how VOIP can be far superior to what we already have.
Remember when they said digital TV will change the way we watch TV? Change is coming AT&T, be afraid.
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