Wireless VoIP (wVoIP) services are emerging as a threat to traditional wireless carriers, according to a new report from Alexander Resources. The researcher predicts that wVoIP will have a similar impact on competition and service prices for wireless carriers as wired VoIP has had on landline telecoms. In response to the coming competition from wVoIP, carriers will likely drop prices of their calling plans and possibly launch unlimited calling plans. Cellular carriers will also be able to fight the growth of Voice over WiFi services by launching updated UMTS and EV-DO networks, but the time it takes to roll out these technologies could give service providers using WiFi and WiMax sufficient time to deploy services and compete with the traditional cellular carriers.
For more on the possible threat posed by wVoIP:
- see this press release