Since the invention of the telephone in the 19th Century, we, as a society, have been working toward expanding our avenues of communication. At first it started out as making improvements to the basic landline telephone, followed eventually by the creation of computers in the 1950s. By the 1990s, the Internet and cell phones began the revolution of anytime, anywhere communication currently available. Today, consumers are beginning to further transition from traditional calling methods to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and online communications systems.
The idea of making phone calls through the Internet is not a new one. In fact, the concept of VoIP has been around for more than 15 years. It wasn’t until the new millennium when VoIP usage was both functional and affordable for companies and everyday consumers.
Compared to traditional calling methods, VoIP and Internet chat options like Bobsled by T-Mobile—powered by Vivox— offer advanced benefits, such as:
- Un-tethering yourself: There’s freedom when consumers can immediately feel the restraints of data plans and landlines removed from the communication process. Vivox offers a way to communicate how, when and where you want no matter what platform. T-Mobile’s Bobsled – powered by Vivox – is one of the most downloaded apps on iTunes and is a universal way for consumers to communicate. The Vivox platform empowers Bobsled users to easily message or call for free across devices, countries, social networks, operating systems – and all mobile carriers.
- The Green Wallet Effect: When it comes to cost, it’s almost impossible for consumers to find a better deal than with online communications. As adoption continues to grow, one luxury is that calling online is typically more economical than traditional plans. In addition, international calls and broadband Internet connections can make PC-to-PC phone calls anywhere in the world as an inexpensive alternative.
- Simplifying Socialization: While VoIP and online communications solutions provide critical mobile capabilities, tools like Bobsled take it even further by connecting users with their social networks, one of the most popular forms of communication today. Bobsled offers a single place where users can connect their phonebooks with their Facebook friends. Gone are the days of guessing how to best find and connect with friends or family members.
As VoIP and other social communications platforms continue to build in popularity and adoption “over the top” of traditional landline and mobile plans, we will begin to see more of a mainstream acknowledgement of their capabilities and benefits. What do you look for in a communications service to connect with your social circles?