VoIP Benefits from an Improved Internet
Evolution of VoIP Services
It's interesting to follow the path of VoIP systems and understand where they come from. One can imagine the basic idea of VoIP forming as an experiment once people realized that all voice is just data. When the Internet originated, it was probably little more than a technological curiosity. Those of us old enough to remember, know that the early Internet was very different from what it is today. It was never "always on" and the upload/download speeds were pathetic (by today's standards of course.) Dropped connections and dial up services were the norm. So VoIP hardly got any traction or mind share, though the concept was well developed even at that time.
But the evolution of broadband changed the game altogether. Suddenly the notion of conducting real conversations over the Internet wasn't so crazy after all. Sure, it might not be very convenient - you had to remain plugged in to your computer and use a headset, but it was pretty doable. And it's just gotten easier over the past few years as broadband has seeped into every household and speeds have made bandwidth limitations for VoIP non existent.
Wireless Internet Access
This is pretty basic. VoIP is an Internet application after all and it's common sense that it will improve with better Internet access. But few people could have predicted the sudden upsurge of VoIP services. With the help of a few heavyweights such as Google, VoIP has come within the reach of every consumer.
But what is even more startling and potentially scary for carriers is the explosion of wireless VoIP. Most of us live in wifi worlds today and having customers switch to VoIP using wifi is their worst nightmare come true. Wifi bypasses the carriers completely and leaves them with no measure of control whatsoever. No caps and no degradation of service. But technological improvements like 4G are also beginning to sound the death knell of traditional telecom services. Voice is "just data" and a reliable Internet connection is all we need to replace the telcos.
They might need to be dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming, but the change is inevitable as 4G rolls out and smartphones worm their way deeper into not just the US, but the entire world. In many ways, the US is curiously primitive when it comes to mobile phones and it's only when other countries lead the way that the average American consumer becomes aware of what he or she is missing.