The phone call is dead. Long live the call.
Do you call someone or phone them? Well, that depends. It depends if you're using a telephone or something else to make the call.
Lately in discussions with clients we've been moving them all away from the use of the phrase "phone call" and over to simply the word "call" as it supports a more modern use and is certainly more correct for those who:
1. Use Skype-Skype folks will be the first to say they are neither VoIP or a telephone service. Do you ever hear anyone say PhoneSkype me or SkypePhone me? No..you hear them say "call me on Skype" or simply "Skype me."
2. A softclient, like client CounterPath's Bria, X-Lite or Eyebeam. You may use others like Blink or Gizmo, but in no way are they phones. They are softphones, or VoIP clients, but have you ever heard anyone say "softphone call me?" No you hear them say, "give me a call."
3. You place and receive calls on your iPad or Android tablet. Clearly, no one would mistake an iPad or an Android tablet for a phone....yet calling is still happening.
4. We have conference calls, but you don't need a "phone" to be on them these days. Look at services like ZIPDX where softcliens using g.722 wideband or HiDef Conferencing where you can Skype into the bridges. Both offer far better "Call" quality than a phone offers.
5. The VideoPhone never made it, yet today, we're seeing more and more video calls happening everyday.
7. Companies like Kipcall want you to talk via FaceBook. They too say, "call" not phone.
At the end of the day, the idea of the "phone" is passe and it is going the way of the telegraph key....