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Forget about landlines and save with VoIP the easy way

Published by on Nov 21st, 2007, 5 Comments

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Great developments in the ICT market this year (2007) opened up great new opportunities to save some hard earned cash. Vodacom dropped data rates, by as much as 61%, while also expanding 3G networks. MTN followed. Smartphones took off in a big way and clever developers seized the opportunity to get compatible software to market.

Fring is such an application. This great piece of software is easy to use, while also being feature rich. Registration and software installation is quick and easy. Just visit http://www.fring.com. It is compatible with most smartphones. It enables you to make calls to your Skype®, MSN® Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk™, SIP and Twitter contacts. The best part is that it is all free. You only pay for your data, but at 10MB per hour it is hardly worth mentioning. The only obstacle to all voice communication to become totally free is that everyone has not installed it yet. It will happen. The drive is huge from the likes of Skype, Google, Fring and Yeigo to become the dominant player in the mobile VoIP arena.

I thought a comparison between Fring and Telkom would be of great interest to us South Africans, since our call and data rates are amongst the highest in the world. If you drop your landline and use this information, you could save good money. You also get to go totally mobile for good.

Just the fact that you have read this far, must mean that you probably already subscribe to some data deal. In my research I used the most expensive rate at R2.00/MB, so you should save even more. To simplify matters, only peak minutes was considered. This makes the table below relevant for small businesses. A thumb suck total, of 300 minutes per month, was divided into different call types. Voipcheap (http://www.voipcheap.com) has the lowest VoIP rates in the world. All calls to the USA are free! All UK landline calls is also free. In this example the saving was 46%. I say it is well worth it. Go for it.

The Chart:

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Other South Africa alternatives – Yeigo

Comments

  • Ben

    VoIP is the future !!

    There is a new VoIP provider just arrived from Europe in South Africa, they are called Wanatel, and they offer pretty good rates on Landlines and Cell Phone : R1.3.

    And the good ting is that they can give you a SA phone number! I like this new tech !!

  • http://www.alladinstips.com/VoIp_helps_Cuts_Phone_Bills.htm Alladinstips

    VOIP Helps Cuts Phone Bills! i am using VOIP for more then 2 years and sure i saved a lot of money on phone bills. particularly when traveling abroad. for example i traveled morocco for 12 days.
    in morocco they have what called cyber it is what we call internet cafe. it is a room with more then 10 personal computers. you rent a pc with internet and microphone and earphones for 6 dirahm (morocco currency 1$ = 7.8 Dirham )less then a dollar value 1 hour. you can make calls for 1 hour for almost free. i called my family everyday for almost an hour.
    read more on Voip
    http://www.alladinstips.com/VoIp_helps_Cuts_Phone_Bills.htm

  • P Lee

    Just what is E marketing. We all use this word every day but have you ever sat down and really come to terms with what it really means. Well here is what Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says.
    PipBiz has been a front runner of e marketing since 1995, when the Web was really wide open then
    Internet marketing, also referred to as online marketing or Emarketing, is the marketing of products or services over the Internet. The Internet has brought many unique benefits to marketing including low costs in distributing information and media to a global audience. The interactive nature of Internet marketing, both in terms of instant response, and in eliciting response, are unique qualities of the medium.

    Internet marketing ties together creative and technical aspects of the internet, including design, development, advertising and sales. Internet marketing methods include search engine marketing, display advertising, e-mail marketing, affiliate marketing, interactive advertising, blog marketing, and viral marketing.

    Internet marketing is the process of growing and promoting an organization using online media. Internet marketing does not simply mean ‘building a website’ or ‘promoting a website’. Somewhere behind that website is a real organization with real goals.

    Internet marketing strategy includes all aspects of online advertising products, services, and websites, including market research, email marketing, and direct sales.

    One of the benefits associated with Internet marketing is the availability of great amounts of information. Consumers can access the Internet and research products, as well as purchase them, at any hour, any day. Companies that use Internet marketing can also save money because of a reduced need for a sales force. Overall, Internet marketing can help expand from a local market to national and international market places. Compared to traditional media, such as print, radio and TV, Internet marketing can have a relatively low cost of entry .

    It should be mentioned that, although it may seem a relatively simple task to enter the world of online marketing, sound business strategy still applies. There is still an emphasis on business goals, namely CVP analysis when determining strategy and the overall effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

    Since exposure, response and overall efficiency of Internet media is easy to track compared to traditional “offline” media, through the use of web analytics for instance, Internet marketing can offer a greater sense of accountability for advertisers. Internet marketing, as of 2007 is growing faster than other types of media

    Here are some of pipbiz examples of e marketing at its best

    http://www.software-is.us/cgi-bin/index.pl?reg=true
    http://www.software-is.us

  • Art

    I really liked your analysis above and I hadn’t heard of fring. I’m going to check it out. I think voip is great and everybody should use it. I’m always looking for ways to cut costs.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.marketingarticles.com/ Marketing Articles

    As Internet marketing rises too fast VoIP should come abreast in my opinion.

    Cheers

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