SIP on iPhone: Big Deal

No, I mean that as a question, is it really a big deal?
But before we talk about that, let me make sure you understand the basics. The technical definition of an iPhone is:  a phone type device that is way over priced. The main features are: its way over priced.

Earlier this month Skype announced its support for iPhone. This was major news as it showed that people who bought a high-priced phone were still interested in a low priced phone service provider. Ok, so there was nothing surprising there, but it made news anyway. And now we have a slew of other iPhone apps that bring SIP based services to iPhone.

But will this really bring a big change to the way we make calls using smart phones? Being able to use SIP based apps to make calls from your phone basically means you are using Wi-Fi instead of costly phone minutes.
Side story: This also means, that you can then use Wi-Fi at Starbucks to make almost free calls to anywhere in the world, without using up your talk time minutes. Thus you will feel less guilty about drinking coffee that’s more expensive than gasoline!

Back to main story: Some iPhone apps claim to be able to seamlessly transition from SIP based calls to SIM-based calls. This, I think, is going to be one of the most important factors in the success of SIP on iPhone. It also has to be user-friendly. Fring has introduced some support and I’m going to check it out soon. I will try to update this blog with the results.

Have you tried SIP on your iPhone yet? Or Skype?  Like it? Not like it? As a business user of VoIP services, how important do you think it is to integrate these services to your mobile devices? Will more people comment if I offered free Starbucks?

Ritu Maheshwari