VoIP - Ideal for the Nexus 4
VoIP and Smartphone Subsidies
The US's history with smartphones is checkered. On the one hand, the major breakthroughs in products and technologies such as iOS and Android came from US-based companies. On the other, the retail model is so broken that people elsewhere have difficulty even comprehending it. Phones that are purchased with a contract lock people into a particular service provider for two years or so. Because of this, they are reluctant to use any other form of communications because they're already paying through the nose for a certain set of minutes each month. Anything else is a waste.
It's significantly cheaper to purchase a smartphone out right and pay the full cost up front even though it is more expensive at that point in time. What people don't realize is that carriers more than make up for the initial subsidized cost of the phone by charging you extra over the years. To the best of my knowledge, only T-Mobile so far offers cheaper rates for those who bring their own devices – as it should be.
This makes it difficult for an application like VoIP to gain significant traction in the mobile world. If I'm in a contract and have a certain set of monthly minutes, why should I use another service that also eats up my data? Seems from this point of view, VoIP seems to be a waste. The only two situations when it would make financial sense is if you are making international calls or if your existing monthly minutes are already over.
Introducing Unsubsidized Phones
The Nexus 4 was probably the first real device to break the perception that unsubsidized phones are unaffordable. The 8 GB edition launched for a mere $299 completely unlocked and with top-of-the-line hardware. This was completely unheard of and if Google continues with this trend, it would be a true game changer. They have a history of disrupting markets like this just as they are doing in Kansas and Austin with Google Fiber.
Purchasing an unsubsidized phone gives you the freedom to pursue any communications solution you choose – including VoIP. Suddenly you start to become aware of the dramatic cost savings you can achieve by going with an SIP service. VoIP then becomes a valuable tool in your daily life and not just an application to be used when making overseas calls.
Purchasing an unsubsidized phone is also an indication that you are willing to take control over your needs and not be spoon fed by a telecom carrier. If you're an enterprise, using a business hosted VoIP system will help you improve your productivity and save costs at the same time. Contact an SIP provider to find out how you can get started today in less than 15 min.
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