One of the most in-demand features of Internet calling is mobile VoIP. Mobile VoIP allows mobile devices to send and receive Internet calls. Internet calls can be made over any IP network, so anyone who downloads a mobile IP app can send calls over any WiFi, 3G, or 4G data network.
Rather than use your wireless minutes, mobile VoIP uses your data plan to make calls. This translates to lower per minute rates than your cellular service provider.
Benefits of Mobile VoIP for Residential and Business
Mobile IP software works on most Internet-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This is perfect for both residential and business VoIP users. Businesses can use the IP apps to better connect with telecommuters, and home users can reduce their daily cell phone charges.
Most mobile VoIP apps work on the most popular platforms on the market today, such as Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Phones. You can make completely free calls if you call a user with the same mobile VoIP app and a WiFi connection.
The biggest benefits of using mobile VoIP are the low per-minute rates for domestic and international calls and text messages. Calls to other numbers within your VoIP network are free and unlimited. You can save $30 to $70 a month on monthly cell phone bills calls by converting to Mobile VoIP and downgrading your voice plan to a lower minute allowance. However, since these calls use your data bandwidth and not your voice minutes, be mindful of your monthly data plan.
You might lose a call if you leave the range of a WiFi hotspot. Only some mobile VoIP providers provide a handoff between WiFi and 3G while a call is in place.
One study even predicted that mobile VoIP users will reach 1 billion by the year 2017.