Started by firstname.lastname@example.org, June 29, 2012, 04:59:40 PM
Quote from: carl on July 01, 2012, 09:22:13 PM@JohnBowler : While the wholesale costs of VOIP traffic might be near zero, there is something called termination charges = money you have to pay to the local telco to get the call processed through the local PSTN or cellular network. Those charges can be steep, that's why Magic Jack does not service many area codes or exchanges and that's why the calls to European cell phones are so horribly expensive.
Quote from: JohnBowler on July 08, 2012, 11:13:04 PMHowever they are vulnerable to any number of restrictive practices that other parts of the industry might initiate. (Particularly de-prioritizing time critical traffic on regular consumer internet connections; short, maybe only 0.25s pauses in traffic to a single consumer would, I think, be enough to kill VOIP.)
Quote from: JohnBowler on June 29, 2012, 10:53:57 PM"Will Google be free."Quote from: email@example.com on June 29, 2012, 04:59:40 PM I am just curious if anyone has heard any rumors or talk of what Google is up to in 2013.That is "free" as in "free beer". No, it won't cost any less in 2013 that it does today, which means it won't be free.GV costs are comparable with other VOIP providers, but GV isn't primarily a VOIP provider, rather it is a number aggregator (it gives you one number that connects to multiple telephones) and voice mail service. It doesn't, currently, charge for either service. I believe the business model is that by providing the added value it can retain customers while charging the going rate for VOIP. It makes the money on the VOIP.The idea that it is "free" is marketing scam. It's not new scam either; US telephone companies have been lying to the purchasers of their services that they provide free telephone calls for, well, I think for ever. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.John Bowler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Quote from: email@example.com on June 29, 2012, 04:59:40 PM I am just curious if anyone has heard any rumors or talk of what Google is up to in 2013.
Quote from: jjtricket on October 01, 2012, 11:01:49 PMGreat, free Google TP and instead of an outgoing ring, you will hear an ad until connected. LOL!
Quote from: MitchDeerfield on July 02, 2012, 12:55:54 PMThe only way Google makes money on Google Voice is through selling long distance service out of the USA/Canada area. They might make some associated money with running ads on Google Mail or Google Voice.
Quote from: VaHam on October 13, 2012, 08:10:23 AMDon't forget Google has a universal TOS; also keep in mind Google has developed an excellent voice to text capability. Being an advertising company, gleaning information from your phone calls would add another tool in the advertising arsenal.