The Internet: Changing the Way We Call Abroad

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The Internet has brought dramatic changes to the international calling market with the arrival of companies that provide cheap and free VoIP services. Skype is the current leader of the VoIP category, but Voxofon, a VoIP provider out of Houston, Texas, is gaining strides, as it offers call rates that are on average 50% less than Skype's rates.

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'The obvious winner in this international calling match-up is the end-user, as they are able to save up to 98% by switching to a VoIP provider,' claimed Alexey Goloshubin, Founder of Voxofon.

A dramatic shift is taking place in the international calling market, thanks to the Internet. Since 2004, advancements in IP technology have fueled the growth of companies providing VoIP services, which connect international calls through IP networks at a fraction of the cost of traditional providers.

Sure, it was a trend to use VoIP when it was first introduced, but it is safe to say that calling abroad via VoIP is here to stay, as IBISWorld estimated the market at $13B in 2011, with over 800 service providers (VoIP Market Research Report, IBISWorld.com. Nov 2011). Skype is leading the charge in the battle between VoIP and traditional providers, as their cross-border traffic grow 48% in 2011, representing 145 billion minutes (International Market Trends, TeleGeography. Jan 2012).

“The obvious winner in this international calling match-up is the end-user, as they are able to save up to 98% by switching to a VoIP provider,” claimed Alexey Goloshubin, Founder of Voxofon.

2012 will continue to see shifts in the market, as smaller VoIP providers gain in popularity. One of these companies is Voxofon. Voxofon offers call rates that are on average 50% less Skype’s rates.* In addition, they continues to beat competitor rates, even those among the smaller providers, while offering the same high-quality service. In fact, Voxofon significantly dropped SMS rates to 15 of their top destination countries just last week in an effort to provide their callers the best rates on the market.

Voxofon is also launching other services to set themselves apart from their competitors. For example, their newest app for Android phones allows free messaging between Android users. The company will expand that free messaging service to all of their Smartphone apps this summer.

As providers like Voxofon offer more free and cheap ways to call abroad, one has to wonder, how will the traditional providers respond?

*Average based on Voxofon’s top destination call rates compared to Skype’s call rates (without subscription).

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