How the ISP could become King

By Emmanuel Narokobi

While we’re talking about the iPhone I just had a thought. With all these new phones becoming internet enabled (obviously not yet here in PNG though, but keep holding your breath we’ll get there), it may actually redefine the whole mobile phone market.

How or what the hell are you talking about, you may ask?

Well, currently we have mobile phone operators that sell SIM cards which we have to use on our phones. The fact that we have to buy and use their SIM cards ties us to them technologically and for billing.

Now what if Internet Service Providers began selling mobile internet devices with voice capabilities, that could use Skype to call between each of these devices? So thereby by passing the Telco’s and mobile phone companies all together?

This would be much like what all Skype users do now on their PC’s and laptops, but if we had internet enabled, voice capable devices small enough to replace the mobile phone, then we’d be getting closer to making mobile phone companies redundant. So for example when Nokia or whoever manufactures a mobile phone, they do away with the need for a SIM card, so all they have to do is make the phone wireless broadband enabled. The simple thing is that everything in the future will be IP based, so why wouldn’t mobile phones follow?

So hey Presto! The ISP’s now become the new mobile communications kings as they sell us internet on our PC’s and mobile devices where we will use Skype to make our phone calls.

Read also,
Would Telikom block Skype?

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Update 11/02/07

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    9 thoughts on “How the ISP could become King

    1. i think they already have something like this in japan…where they dont even use sim cards in their phones.

    2. my understanding is that Nokia is coming with a phone that can automatically switch between wireless and GSM network.

      let’s start Skype…

      in Singapore, one of the phone operators has implemented GSM broadband. that is really ‘wireless on the road’.

    3. Interesting news Kelvin. Do you know what model this Nokia is?

      Also what Singapore operator runs this service? I’m very keen to see how this would work in the market.

      Yes Kelvin, long live Skype!!

    4. Emmanuel,
      this is true, ISPs will have a chance in competition with Telikom and other mobile rivals, shortly.
      IP is a resource per ISPs and to fully utilise the Wi-Fi or probably GSM broadband handsets, some work needs to be done basically on network infrastructures; wireless or wired.

      “How can they and Telikom do the frames for the house to be built?”

      A challenge for them…we might see changes soon.


    5. Hey PK,

      Yeah would be interesting to see ISP’s take on the challange. However Telco’s can still make money on inter-connection fees because they still own the landlines. But mobile to mobile communications, especially with data services could be a whole lot cheaper this way, that is of course if the ISP’s don’t get greedy as well.

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