..if that doesn't work, then call my mobile.
It seems like internet telephones could be getting one step closer to "primary phone" status. Already of course, for most young Generation Y-ers, the mobile phone has already replaced the home phone as #1 point of contact. Well it looks like Gen-Z may be laughing at such notions in the future. United Online (NSDQ:UNTD) has unveiled plans to allow call forwarding from your NetZero VOIP number to up to five other phones.
there’s a fascinating revenue generating idea here: users can program their PC VoiP clients to forward calls to their landlines and cell phones. And United Online bills for that. This is surely a sign of how software-based VoIP clients will make further incursions into the traditional telephony market. Expect Skype (now owned by eBay) to do the same.
Then again perhaps Gen-Z will find even this step is unnecessary. Shouldn't our internet numbers just be going directly to our wireless internet-enabled phones in a few years? What we've been noticing recently is a whole host of online voice calling services which work remarkably well. Heck, they can even do video. It has us scratching our heads as to what value a company like Vonage or Skype have beyond their customer bases. It seems like remarkably easy technology to copy. While Skype may already be cheap to use for computer to land line calls, with a growing customer base we would expect price competition by copy cats (or pricing pressure from people who just opt to only call from PC-to-PC for free) to make this service even cheaper.