VoIP always has been a troublesome issue for established voice providers. On one hand, it has promised the ability to create and deliver new and richer services. On the other hand VoIP has had the potential to essentially cannibalize the single most important revenue stream a telco or mobile service provider possesses.

O2’s plans to offer VoIP technology are an example. O2 Connect is a new mobile service that allows smart phone users to use voice and text services over Wi-Fi networks from their mobile number. Users can call or text to any U.K. mobile or landline number using the service.
O2 Connect will initially be available on iOS and Android smart phones and will subsequently roll out to other devices. O2 Trials VoIP Service

The trial will commence in October 2011 by invitation only and will include O2 consumer and business customers. All of the traditional challenges are present in the test. O2 hopes to provide higher value and greater flexibility for its customers. But O2 Connect also can displace some of the revenue O2 otherwise might earn from voice and text messaging services.

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