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MICROSOFT has developed a Skype-style free internet voice service for mobile phones that City analysts believe could wipe billions off the market value of operators such as Vodafone.
Hmmmm.... ok. Which "City analysts"?
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer dropped his bombshell at the mobile operators’ annual 3GSM show in Barcelona last week. The significance of his remarks was missed because of his effusive and eccentric delivery.
Hehe, yeah he's good but I still prefer it when he throws chairs ;-)
He went on to demonstrate how a mobile phone running Windows Mobile can be used to make a free voice call over the internet. Ballmer told the audience: “That was a VoIP call.”
Add salt to taste:-
Operators such as Vodafone and O2 believe they will be able to fight off the threat from Microsoft’s entry into the mobile voice market.
Original article on Business Online [thebusinessonline.com]
Huum... I wonder what the guys at googleplex are conjuring up?
I bought an MDA a while back originally with the intention of making all my calls on Skype (or similar) but then found that all the VOIP-to-mobile rates were more expensive than the mobile-to-mobile rates I was paying on Virgin.
So I have a mobile phone which can do pretty much everything but I still can't make cheap voice calls on it whenever I want to whomever I want. (Which is, I find, the biggest problem with mobile phones).
This is going to happen anyway and I think mobile operators would just charge for internet conenction like GPRS/3G/4G and forget about plain call charges. Cheaper calls - inevitable. Lower revenues for vodafone and alikes...hm, these guys always find a way to make money.
Call it GSM call, or VoIP over WCDMA, or else... you would still pay about same money, but for more bells and whistles (video calls, fast internet, email, music streaming, tv reception, etc).
I'm acquiring a disdain for these voip people.
I'd like to play around with the Nokia 6136 hybrid GSM-WLAN phone. Sounds fun.