Over 10 years ago mobile phones were as big as a shoe and only had the technical ability for the owner to enter phone numbers and make calls. Fast forward to the current day and age and we are seeing phones being released that have a variety of crazy features including cameras, games and WAP.
But probably the biggest innovation is the establishment of internet access; you can now gain entry to the internet just as you would do on a computer. And this in fact is causing the main mobile providers a big headache. We all realise that for a huge amount of years service providers have made their money by charging customers a massive amount.
But as mobile internet access expands, so do wireless hot spots, this is very bad news for mobile phone networks as people will be using this to make free calls via skype. Most of the UK providers have already banned VoIP access, but Nokia’s recent release of their N97 come’s pre installed with Skype giving users the ability to easily access the service.
The networks should not be blocking things like this, in my view, as it just makes them look ridiculous. We are currently in the middle of a huge financial crisis, so people want to look for the best ways to save. I 100% believe that Three took the correct approach by offering their users the freedom of choice and that is why their company has expanded. If the mobile providers want to stay in business then they need to get together and find a way to join up with services such as Skype for example, this way they could share income, but blocking is definitely not the way to approach this.