Projections of mobile VoIP and mobile video app usage show us billions of users this decade. A quick search of mobile VoIP on Google play reveals more than 1,000 apps are available. How do you decide what to choose?
If it is done properly, mobile VoIP is like rocket science. The details of moving packets over the Internet pipe are complex, and when you add video calling and completing calls to the public switched telephone network ("PSTN") the complexity multiplies. There are a plethora of apps that allow you to make free calls to others who have the app. These apps are helpful, but ultimately they are not very useful. In order to use the app, one must convince friends to also download the app. What if the friend has a smart phone that does not have an Android operating system, or what if it is a relative overseas with only a landline or a mobile phone with no Internet connectivity?
Some of these apps can call the PSTN. One successful mobile VoIP company has 400,000 downloads of its app, but its app does not allow a user to receive calls. No inbound calling and no voice mail, and yet the app has been somewhat successful. To save the most money, on both domestic and international calling, we recommend that people use a VoIP app that assigns a permanent telephone number to the mobile device. This way the app can receive calls too. Typically, the telephone number is from the U.S. or Canada, as they are cheaper and easier to provide to app users. Phone numbers from other countries are available too, but then the monthly recurring cost of the app is much higher.
Fortunately, there are a handful of companies who have done things right. Their apps make calls to the PSTN and receive calls from any phone number in the world. I find these apps very useful in the U.S., because I refuse to buy unlimited minutes from my wireless carrier. Yes, I love buying data, but minutes? Why bother? I can use my VoIP app. And I do not get charged for inbound minutes. I only need to buy 400 minutes a month from my wireless carrier because I can do most of my calling on my VoIP app. And if I go over my monthly plan, the VoIP carrier charges me about 2 cents a minute, whereas my wireless carrier gouges me for 45 cents a minute.
So which app provider should you choose? Skype mobile is a possibility, and so is Vonage mobile. They have plans that provide you with a real phone number and they can complete calls to the PSTN. Viber has millions of users, but there is no ability to call the PSTN. I like giving the underdog a try. I use the VoX Mobile Pay and Go app. For $1.00 I was able to download the app, get a phone number, voice mail, inbound calls, video calling, text messaging and lower-than-Skype calling rates.There is no monthly recurring fee with the Pay and Go plan; I only pay for the minutes I use.This app has the right stuff. Visit our website for more information on VoX Mobile Pay and Go app.
Mobile VoIP Apps: Who's Got The Right Stuff