Free calling Apps ring a worldwide bell
With the increasing cellular tariffs users are moving towards the various Smart Phone apps for free calling and messaging because they are free of cost.
Mobile applications like Viber, Skype, Nimbuzz, Fring, Tango and Kakap Talk which allow free voice calling are ruling the Smart Phone world as tariffs rise.
Nimbuzz in a report said that in India it clocked about 1.68 billion minutes of Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz free calling till December 2012.
However telecomm companies declined to the statement though analysis clearly shows that people are making more internet calls through mobile apps.
Kapil Sibal,telecom minister urged telecom operators to allow cheaper calling to run their business model effectively.
One of the main reason behind it is the Higher growth of WI-Fi towards this transformation.
Jayant Kolla, partner at niche telecom research and advisory firm Convergence Catalyst, said that the first sign of app-to-app calling emerged in India from the second quarter of last year. Young professional and college students were the dominating users of these services.
According to a report,”Apps like Viber and Skype are popular among smart-phone users because they allow free calls over Wi-Fi, using bandwidth that is already paid for by the consumer,” BGR India’s Agrawal added. The country has about 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in the last year”
Social networking giant, Facebook also launched free calling through iPhone in the US. It did not say when the service will be extended to other international markets like India but sources say that it soon will.
Due to the increase of free calling through Android devices, BalckBerry has also added a feature that offers free voice calling ‘BBM Voice’.