Selling old mobile phone may be best way to join VoIP revolution

2 July 2010 — 12:29 PM

Selling old mobile phone may be best way to join VoIP revolution

The number of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) minutes used each year is set to soar, according to new findings, which could tempt many consumers to sell their old mobile and invest in a new one that supports such calls.

A study by Juniper Research concludes the number of minutes will rise from a current total of 15 billion to some 470.6 billion in 2015.

There will be a steady rise in mobile VoIP traffic across all regions, largely as a result of the increasing use of 3G devices.

It is also thought that traditional mobile phone network providers will team up with VoIP firms to offer a new and enhanced service, the firm suggests.

This could be in the interests of mobile firms, with Juniper Research's senior analyst Anthony Cox stating: "We forecast that mobile VoIP over WiFi will cost operators $5 billion (£3.29 billion) globally by 2015."

Earlier this year, another reason was suggested for selling an old mobile phone - the introduction of free Skype calls via Nokia handsets.

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