Vonage Undercuts the Big Telephone Wire
Starting this month Vonage subscribers will have the option to make unlimited international phone calls (to and from about 60-80 nations) for a monthly fee of $54.99. This motion by the internet-based telephone service company undercuts almost all competition in the international phone call arena and underscores the increasing value of wireless internet in the world of telecommunications and the decreasing significance of traditional telephoning science.
Combined with increased mobile phone usage worldwide over landline, the ever-growing availability of the internet in nearly any nook in the world, and the advent of multi-user networks through the assistance of powerful Wireless Internet Routers, voice over IP services are taking the reins away from traditional telephone mainstays, especially when it comes to the international call market. While many folks in less-than-industrialized nations still have limited access to the Internet per se, the methods in which they are reaching out to relatives overseas traditionally – mainly by telephone, are nonetheless being operated through the Internet.
Consider that immigrants make up many international phone calls, especially from western nations outward, to family back home. If there is one computer in the household, then elderly family members and others less likely to use email will be constantly using voice over IP technology to make traditional phone calls. Services like Vonage gain a multitude of non-Internet savvy users by simply making sure the activity itself – making a phone call on a telephone, is as consistent and ordinary as it was 20-years-ago.
As Vonage gets underway and competitors start to replicate their plan, we may at last see the final days of traditional telephone service, even though we’ve hardly seen the last of traditional telephone users. While the technology continues to evolve and the means to telecommunicating ends are digitized and streamlined toward the next generation, pay attention to companies who make a point to focus on accommodating old world styles of keeping in touch.