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.
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. If you take a look at cell phone plan prices and then compare them to what you would pay using a VoIP calling application on Wi-Fi, you can see there is quite a lot of money you can save by forgoing an expensive wireless plan.
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.
There are now over 1 billion mobile VoIP users across the globe.
The low-cost calls of VoIP service have made their way to cell phones. VoIP mobile service, or mobile VoIP, places VoIP calls with a mobile device using the 3G, 4G, or WiFi data network. VoIP calls can transfer the data packets of your voice over any IP network, so VoIP mobile calls are possible now that cell phones and smartphones access the Internet.
VoIP mobile calls bypass the traditional cellular networks just like VoIP calls can bypass traditional phone lines. This means that VoIP mobile calls do not use your cell phone minute allowance to make calls, but they do consume bandwidth. Calls sent over the 3G or 4G network will use bandwidth from the data plan. Bandwidth consumption may not be important to customers with an unlimited data plan, but customers with a monthly data allotment will want to minimize calls made over the 3G and 4G networks.
Mobile VoIP means VoIP calls made with a mobile device using the 3G, 4G, or WiFi data network
The best way to make VoIP mobile calls is from a wireless hotspot. Calls placed over the WiFi network will not consume minutes or data bandwidth. Wireless hotspots have nearly become a required amenity in many public locations, which makes it easier to stick to WiFi-only calls. Leaving the range of a wireless hotspot while on a call will usually result in a dropped call; however, VoIP mobile software, like Toktumi’s Line2 app, are being improved so WiFi to 3G or 4G handoffs and vice versa are possible.
If you make an in-network call (a call where the recipient uses the same mobile VoIP app) using the WiFi network, the call will be free. Free in-network calls over WiFi is one of the benefits of VoIP mobile calls.
Another huge benefit of VoIP mobile calls is the ultra low per-minute rates for calls placed to non-VoIP users. Domestic rates are generally under 2.5 cents a minute, and long distance and international rates are equally reduced. Most providers claim you can save anywhere from 50% to 90% on your phone bill.
VoIP mobile calls need to be made through a software application on your phone. If you already have a residential or business VoIP service, you can check our mobile VoIP directory or the company websites to see if your provider offers a mobile VoIP software app. Company-specific mobile VoIP software apps will be built to integrate with your service.
If you are not currently using VoIP for your home or office phones then you can easily download a third-party mobile VoIP software app from our mobile VoIP directory of providers with proprietary services like:
Make sure you are downloading the appropriate version of the software for your phone's operating system (OS). There are also specific apps for:
- Android phones
- Blackberry phones
Mobile VoIP for PC is achieved with software applications called softphones (as in software phones) that enable VoIP calls to be made with a computer. Softphones are a precursor to truly mobile VoIP, and they are offered by most residential and business VoIP service providers. Check our mobile VoIP directory for business providers with softphones available for remote office functionality. Softphones downloaded to a laptop can make your VoIP service portable without needing a mobile device.
A softphone for business VoIP service will allow the telecommuting or traveling employee to make calls with the business service and access contact lists and voicemails wherever they can set up a laptop and get an Internet connection.
The mobile VoIP directory on MyVoIPProvider.com is to help you narrow down your search for a mobile VoIP provider. A reliable service provider is the key to calls with good voice quality and satisfied users. Compare the different providers listed in the mobile VoIP directory to see what each can offer you. Reviews of each company are available to give you more insight on the service provider.