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Nobody Cares About Voice Anymore?

By Seth Buechley
December 29th, 2010

Viber Realizes Promise, Cost Savings of VoIP

By Andrew Berg – Wireless Week

If you haven’t heard, the value of a minute of voice time on AT&T’s network just tanked, at least for iPhone users, with last week’s release of Viber, a new free VoIP app just released on the iTunes App Store. Viber allows iPhone users to place free calls nationwide (no strings) over 3G and Wi-Fi. It does this without requiring registration, so that when you call someone, they actually see your number, not one the service has assigned to you.

Viber offers seamless integration with contacts, delivers excellent voice quality and mimics the iPhone’s native voice interface to perfection. This is the kind of ease of use and simplicity to which I’m guessing Google Voice and Skype aspired but in the end couldn’t achieve.

While you could say that Viber represents just another VoIP app, I think it’s more than that. The first thing I did after downloading it was to call my wife and tell her to download it on her iPhone 3GS. Then I called AT&T and downgraded our voice plan from 1,400 minutes per month to 550 minutes per month. That’s a savings of over $20 a month, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one of AT&T’s iPhone users who just realized they could save a buck or two by using Viber.

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