5 thoughts on “VoWifi Phones Are the Shizzle”

  1. The pricing structure in Europe, or at least here in Germany, is very different. Most cellular wireless plans do not include any prepaid minutes. PSTN/landline contracts usually do not include unlimited calls or if they do, only on weekends. Only a few months ago the first medium-sized telecom companies started offering unlimited calls for additional 20 EUR/month, but such options are not available by the ex-monopolist Deutsche Telekom.

    Under these circumstances, the offerings of SIP-based VoIP providers are very attractive. Providers like Sipgate have either no or a very low (3 EUR) monthly fee, and their per-minute prices are among the lowest that you can find anywhere. You just register and can use them immediately.

  2. It seems like you are thinking that wireless access is going to continue to cost as time goes on instead of become cheaper or more commonly free. As internet becomes cheaper it would seem that WiFi will become a free service to encourage customers to visit a location instead of another item that can be sold. I have already started to see it happen in my city, Tulsa, some older more established businesses have you pay for wireless and some newer businesses give it away. It has an effect on me and my friends.

  3. I have purchased the Zyxel wifi phone recently and signed up with BroadVoice (it was the only company I was able to find which offers SIP only services). The main reason is to make cheap calls to Turkey. Now, I am in the process of purchasing two more phones that support SIP for my mother and my sister who are both in Turkey and have ADSL connections. That way, I will be able to talk to them for free by using a service such as FWD. I think options are a lot as long as you know what you are doing. I even saw an adaptor Pulver sells to create your own gateway. By setting it up properly, I can add that to my sister’s ADSL line, connect it to the local landline cable, and make even cheaper calls throughout Turkey. Making a call to a Turkish landline number through Broadvoice costs 0.10 cents/minute, making a call in Turkey costs 0.04 a minute. During the discounted period (8pm – 6am) it is about 0.02 cents/minute. The adapter from Pulver is about $150.00. These developments in my opinion are very exciting. Verizon local and ATT wireless both charge 0.45 cents a minute to Turkey. I am quite angry at myself for not having thought about using VOIP before.

  4. Hey sport,

    When you graduate to the second grade in english, you may stop thinking less “narrow” and more “narrowly”. Until then, consider this. Mom started using a pbone 50 years ago. She may not know all that she can do with a WiFi device. Why don’t you send a few pictures over a celluar network ans see what that costs her. If she has a broadband connection at home, and I’m assuming that’s where moms hang out, all those calls will be free to her son who is smart enough to have a VoIP connection. She may also realize that she can use one WiFi connection for herself and five of her neighbors, or she can go to a local coffee shop and call for free. She may also live in a town, like Orlando, which gives you free WiFi downtown.

    Or she may have none of those things, now or in the forseeable future. In whcih case I would say “Go West Virginia!! We’ll get’em next year.”

    The future belongs to WiFi.

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