In what could be a precursor to a full-blown voice-over-LTE service, Sprint is turning on voice-over-Wi-Fi in two Samsung smartphones, with more devices to follow.
Viber is now selling international long distance. The latest version of its iPhone and Android apps will connect calls to outside landline and mobile phone numbers.
TextNow is selling its first LTE phone, which should go a long way to making its mobile VoIP service much better.
Startup TextNow has pulled off a feat no other mobile company has accomplished: a mobile service built entirely around IP communications. It’s selling voice and data plans on a pair of Samsungs for $19 a month.
Europe’s mobile enfant terrible Free Mobile today introduced phase 2 of its plan to flood France with cheap data and voice services. It’s installing femtocells in homes around the country, accessible to any Free customer.
TextNow today may be an also-ran in the crowded over-the-top communications market, but it plans to set itself apart by becoming a full-fledged carrier. It wants to be the first all-IP carrier in the U.S.
If FreedomPop can get this VoIP service off the ground it could become the first all-IP mobile operator, but the feisty MVNO has promised to launch voice in the past and failed to deliver.
VoIP may be the future on mobile communications, but new findings from testing outfit Spirent show the technology needs to improve its power efficiency if it’s to become viable. Its tests found that a VoLTE call consumes twice as much battery life as a 2G call.
The switch from voice to data isn’t just affecting carriers. The new mobile data reality is driving device makers to change the way handsets are designed, Internet companies to deal with the smaller screen, and infrastructure makers to re-architect the fundamental topologies of their networks.
Qualcomm and Ericsson have successfully passed a voice call from an LTE network to a 3G one, paving the way for mobile carriers to begin migrating their voice traffic onto all-IP 4G networks. Once that happens, operators can start shutting down their 2G and 3G networks.