When using your mobile phone for business purposes, are you always worried about going beyond your carrier’s prescribed cell phone minutes? Do you want to make cheap overseas calls using only your cell phone? Are you worried about international roaming charges during business trips? If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then Mobile VoIP may be the perfect option for you.

What is mVoIP?

Mobile VoIP or mVoIP, which stands for Mobile Voice over Internet Protocol, is one of the latest additions to the wide variety of communication tools available to business users like you. It enables you to make and receive VoIP calls from any capable mobile device ranging from smartphones to tablet computers. For it to work, you only need a mobile device with an application that can convert analog voice signals into digital signals and then send them over to a network that can carry and receive the data you sent out. You can get these applications from either a VoIP provider that offers mobile capabilities such as RingCentral, or through a free service like Skype which offers a mobile version of their freemium software.

Which networks can I use mVoIP with?

Mobile VoIP applications can work great using a variety of wireless network protocols. Examples of these networks are Wi-Fi, Wi-max, 3G, HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) sometimes referred to as enhanced 3G, 3.5G, 3G+ or turbo 3G, 4G, and LTE. Nowadays, Wi-Fi is the most popular among mobile phone users since Internet access is free most of the time and calls can be made without extra charges. Users of Wi-max, 3G, 4G, or LTE networks, on the other hand, need to be more careful in activating their internet connections since mobile phones can incur data charges mandated wireless network carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, or other telecom companies. And like any other VoIP-powered system, the quality of mVoIP calls greatly depends on the performance and speed of the network.

What advantages can I get from mVoIP?

There are several advantages when using mVoIP for your business. On-premise VoIP users can make themselves available on their mobile device instead of their desk phones when they need to be away from the confines of the office. Similarly, highly mobile workers, have the opportunity to stay within their company’s phone system even if they’re working in remote locations. Plus, users do not need to worry much about the cost of overseas calls placed through mobile phones when an mVoIP app is in place. Since it is still a VoIP call, the cost should be almost the same as a local call (or the provider should give out free minutes and only charge users when they go beyond the pre-set number of minutes). Hence, users will never miss a call again.

Mobile VoIP or mVoIP has been one of the fastest-growing solutions specific to business phone services these past few years. Juniper Research, a mobile research firm, recently found that there are about 100 million mVoiP users right now. This number is expected to grow to 288 million by 2013, so there’s no reason for you not to try it especially if you have mobile workers who are always out and about.