Internet calling 'could take off yet'

17 August 2009 — 5:00 PM

3 Mobile offres Skype on some of its handsets

Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services like those provided by Skype are not something many people are concerned with - but this will change, one expert has suggested.

According to a spokesman for strategy consulting advice firm Analysys Mason, awareness of the technology is not particularly low compared to other countries.

However, principal analyst at the firm Rupert Wood noted when more networks start to support this money-saving way of making calls, it may take off much further.

"Until - and we do expect this to happen - operators start offering [VoIP] as a primary line service then people will probably be largely uninterested," he said.

Skype is available on handsets currently featured on the 3 Mobile network and can be downloaded as an application for the Apple iPhone, as well as a number of BlackBerry devices.

PC and laptop users can also access the system through their machine if it is equipped with the right software support and a microphone.

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