Going VoIP-only: Do you still need cellular voice service?

Now that smartphones have mobile VoIP apps, why do consumers still need to pay monthly fees for voice service?

By Patrick Miller, PC World |  Unified Communications, voip

However, cutting back voice service is clearly not for everyone. If, when you're on the go, you regularly rely on your phone for important calls--from your colleagues, your family, and such--that you simply cannot afford to drop, this probably isn't the plan for you. I'll probably switch over to this T-Mobile plan (or give Republic Wireless a shot), but I'm a little worried about how it will work when I'm covering a trade show such as CES, where mobile broadband connections are unreliable at best--and nonexistent at worst.

Going VoIP-only isn't a perfect alternative yet, but for the right kind of smartphone user, it's a viable way to slash your cellular bill in exchange for the occasional minor inconvenience. The writing is on the wall: Smart tech consumers won't put up with pricey unlimited-everything plans for much longer.


Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
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