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After reading this post by Matt Miller, I’m starting to think maybe so! Since I’ve used Pocket PC / Windows Mobile devices almost exclusively for seven years, I realize my perceptions might be jaded. It’s all too easy to get your perspective locked into a hardware […]

FringAfter reading this post by Matt Miller, I’m starting to think maybe so! Since I’ve used Pocket PC / Windows Mobile devices almost exclusively for seven years, I realize my perceptions might be jaded. It’s all too easy to get your perspective locked into a hardware or software platform, which is why I recently ordered my Mac Book Pro. Now Matt has me seriously thinking of borrowing a Series 60 device just to broaden my horizons!

From a VoIP standpoint, I’ve used Skype on Windows Mobile every now and then. There aren’t too many other options for me. Matt, however, has a bunch of choices on his Series 60 devices: Fring, Gizmo Project and TruPhone. Each has its own pros and cons; after reading up on Matt’s experiences, TruPhone looks appealing due to its feature set and recent support addition for Google Talk.

Matt says "While web surfing via WiFi on a mobile phone is enjoyable because it is faster than the EDGE speeds I get with my carrier, the "killer" application for WiFi on a mobile phone is VoIP". Some of you might say, "why is VoIP a killer feature on a phone when you can just make phone calls" but I see Matt’s point if you travel a bunch and want to keep that cellular bill down. Is anyone using mobile VoIP software on a regular basis? What are you using and how is the experience for you?

Update: on a related note, GigaOm reports that Gizmo Project just added voice support for Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Jabber and Google Talk! VoiP + IM = productivity!

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  1. Kevin,

    I just wanted to clarify a bit that I think VoIP is the killer application for WiFi integration on a mobile phone and not that VoIP itself is the killer application on a mobile phone.

    I think the same thing applies on a mobile as it does on a PC. Why do people use Skype or any other service on a computer rather than picking up their landline or mobile phone to make calls? I think because it is free or very low cost when compared to landline or mobile phone call charges. Plus, there is the instant messaging aspects of these VoIP services.

  2. Good point Matt, and I probably shouldn’t have worded it that way in my statement. VoIP by itself isn’t the killer feature; using free or inexpensive WiFi in lieu of higher priced cellular connectivity is the key. Thx!

  3. It is not difficult to find the best offer between the 30$/month “free digital phone” provided by Time Warner and the 30$/year skype offer…
    Similarly there are not so many pocket PC phones having integrated wifi… and I read somewhere that cellphone carriers were blocking the use of Skype on their network… Guess why.

    Productivity = opened networks + super cheap solutions

  4. Michael Connick Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    I regularly use Google Talk for voip calls on my Nokia N800. I’ve also used it for video calls home to my wife when I’m travelling using the built-in camera on the N800. Nokia has beta software that’s installable on a Windows PC to support video calls with an N800. Sometime later this year they are supposed to also support Skype on the N800.

    Michael

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