Networks 'need to work with VoIP providers'

28 April 2009 — 2:00 PM

Skype has been available on 3 Mobile for some time

Mobile networks need to consider adopting their own web-based calling facilities if they are to survive, one expert has suggested.

With the popularity of cheap voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services like Skype, a spokesman for Mobile-Phones.co.uk has said the major carriers need to adapt quickly.

Thomas Newton, lead content writer for the site, explained it was essential for individual companies to find partners who would offer such options to their customers.

"Networks could try to adapt […] by selling extra bolt-on-style price plans which would specifically allow for VoIP minutes in non-Wi-Fi areas," he added.

However, Mr Newton also pointed out that with devices such as the Apple iPhone 3G now offering unlimited 3G data access, it was likely that many customers would not buy into it.

The Skype application is available for many of the latest phones from 3 Mobile and BlackBerry, as well as the iPhone.
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