VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a technology that is increasingly being used around the world. Individuals use it to get in touch with friends and family around the world, as it allows you to have voice conversations without having to pay high long-distance fees. Businesses also take advantage of it, for example by holding teleconferences over VoIP. So, let’s examine how the future of VoIP is being shaped.
In the past few years, there has been an explosion of apps and services that leverage VoIP technology. It is expected that in the next few years, use of VoIP will keep growing. Social networking sites, dating sites and multiplayer video games are now using VoIP communications. Here are some recent developments in the industry:
Facebook Implementing VoIP in Mobile App
Facebook is one of the most popular websites in the world and allows people and businesses to communicate in numerous ways, such as by status updates, text chat and video chat. As a growing number of individuals now use a smartphone to access the popular social media site, a mobile app has been put in place by Facebook. This isn’t really news, as the app has been around for a few years now. But it is getting new features.
Facebook is now testing out VoIP functionality in its mobile app, which will allow two Facebook users to have an audio conversation. The new feature is still undergoing testing, so it is only available to Canadian iOS users for now.
Viber Releases PC and Mac Desktop App
Viber is a popular VoIP communications tool that can be used on smartphones. The developers have now released a desktop version of the app, which can allow its users to communicate with others that have the app, whether they run it on a smartphone or desktop computer. Unlike some other VoIP apps that can only run on one device at a time, Viber can be open on both a smartphone and a PC. This allows the user to transfer the conversation from one device to the other. For example, someone having a conversation on a PC that needs to go out can transfer it to their smartphone and keep talking.
Rebtel Launches Free VoIP SDK
Rebtel is now taking on Twilio in an effort to get a share of the VoIP application development market. It is releasing a free SDK to developers who want to include VoIP functionality in their apps. Use of Rebtel’s VoIP network is free for both the app users and developers. Rebtel is planning to monetize the SDK later on, perhaps by allowing more advanced features, such as calling to regular phone numbers. The company already has a service which lets users call any phone number in the world at low rates, making it an attractive alternative to placing expensive international calls from a phone.
Author Info: Jonny Grant is an expert in VoIP technology, and has worked with VoIP providers Packnet for a number of years. Jonny enjoys writing about how consumers can get the most out of VoIP, often focusing on the latest trends and updates in the industry.