Talk about putting the power of call control into your hands. Both applications show how much "feature" management has been lacking with so many hosted PBX suppliers, as both demonstrate just how much can really be done and is being done by 2.0 era companies that approach telephony from another direction.
In reading this story about the Indian broadband situation I can't help but think that a war for customers in one of the most populated countries, India, is about to erupt.
While third world nations have been lacking in some aspects of communications, countries like India, Vietnam, South Korea and Singapore have all been making massive inroads to drive connectivity over IP. This is shifting more than just bits and bytes, and is playing a big part in how nation states are transitioning themselves from third world countries into first world workplaces.
Basically, what it does is give you a softclient that works on the iPhone that connects to your Gizmo5 account (that is if you had one before Google bought Gizmo/SipPhone.)
Now here's the interesting play--if you've activated your Gizmo account to connect to your Google Voice account your calls ring right through as a pure SIP call. And with background notifications enabled, you can be doing other things on your iPhone and receiving calls in real time too.
And who said GoogleVoice didn't work on your iPhone?
This is WiMax, not to be confused with Mobile WiMax which is what Clear is offering. WiMax, or Fixed WiMax is IP connectivity at wireline speeds but without the wire and is flourishing around the globe, in more places all the time.
Yesterday AT&T announced new data pricing for mobile phone users. Today, pal Dean Bubley brings up and asserts a very interesting question in his blog post channeling Peter Jarich's assertion that Femtocell traffic (which runs on other carrier's networks, like your cable operator) will remain in the count.
"The other detail missing from the press release is the apparent fact that femtocell traffic ("Microcell" in AT&T parlance) is *included* in counting towards the quota, but WiFi traffic is *excluded*."
So to translate...this means:
1) You pay AT&T for the traffic even if it really isn't going over their wireless network
2) You will pay for the the pleasure of having a Microcell in your own network, possibly carrying your neighbors traffic because of coverage gaps in the AT&T network
3) Users are better off using WiFi
Like Dean, I think AT&T will come up with some answer and "bundle" in a Microcell, thus getting the price point back to $30.00 by taking a razor blade strategy and giving away Microcells for free in exchange for a monthly contract that moves more data over the other guys networks. In my view the user is only at risk if the cable or other network operators start to imposed data caps, making the end user responsible for the data traffic, not the peered operator, such as AT&T
The new AT&T Wireless pricing plans are out for iPhone and iPad users and they're not really going to benefit the heavy user. As a matter of fact the pricing plans are typical AT&T. Somewhat confusing.
The big issue that will cause a flap is the up-charge for tethering. They want to charge you more for it, but so far, it's only on the iPhone. No up-charge for Nokia N & E Series phone users who have smartly chosen to use JoikuSpot and I haven't read where Android based phones on AT&T are paying more.
Somehow I am suspecting this is simply a starting point and overtime, tethering costs will hit everyone. My view though is tethering is a cost you don't need. First it drives down the battery life. Second it's sharing the bandwidth to the phone. I prefer to use MiFi's and in that case, Verizon's 3G or Sprint/Clear's 4G blows away what I've seen from AT&T.
Tether me not, for now.
P.S. No more unlimited data = no more unlimited calls via Skype.