Here is an interesting news, a recent report from market research firm In-Stat estimates the total number of mobile VoIP users will be reach 288 million by the end of 2013. They also divide the subscriber in 3 big categories:
- more than 50% will use Mobile VoIP via their mobile VoIP providers (like Nimbuzz)
- under one-third will utilize mobile VoIP with 3G MVNOs or mobile operators
- 11% with WiMAX/LTE operators
Another great prediction in my opinion is that by 2013 will be well over 400 million dual-mode handsets (Wi-Fi + Cellular). This will enable a lot of people to use VoIP over WiFi which will guarantee a great audio quality and a faster connection.
All the technological improvements will make it more and more natural for everybody to use mobile VoIP rather than a carrier call. In the near future it will probably become a reflex to open your Nimbuzz application instead of you Phonebook app, and instead of a regular call make free call with Nimbuzz or a cheap international call to regular phones and landlines with NimbuzzOut. What do you think about it?
The report also states that while the EMEA region has more mobile VoIP related revenue currently, Asia Pacific will be the largest regional market in revenue terms by 2013.