And most of the time, service provide are seen taking the lead to offer exceptional plans which may include abundant amounts of air time and even less rates with regard to international roaming. Further, getting online too is being made easy through the cellular handset, which the fixed line telephone user can never dream of.
With the internet turning out to be an important part of everyday life, mobile phones most of the time, while on travel or on holiday, help the customer log on to the World Wide Web without much hassle. Customer experiences have also given the thumbs on this, complaining that the fixed phone lines often turn out to be too noisy to allow a modem connection at any speed.
Ample research done on this suggests that the mobile telephones have overtaken fixed telephones in terms of subscribers. So is the case with traffic and revenue. Besides, fixed-line operators have begun having to face competition from new entrants in local, national and international long-distance telecommunications and Internet markets, as well as substitution from their mobile counterparts.
In such an event of fixed line phones facing an era of being obsolete in the near future, it would be important to study what causes this phenomenon, and to look at what really ails the fixed-line telephone sector.
The ever increasing spread of mobile phones and easy access to voice over internet protocol (VoIP) facilities have stood in the way of fixed line operators, ever since these technologies began to blossom. More subscriptions meant more revenue for service providers. As more customers began logging on to these new-age technologies, users diminished with regard to fixed line operators. More important was the cost involved. Long distance calls came for peanuts, as compared to the costs involved in making such calls over the fixed phone.
Many a mobile phone company took the leap toward more revenues seeing the vast opportunity before them. More customers meant more revenues and almost all the operators began doling out the lollies to lure more users. More exciting offers began to flow in to the ears of cellular phone users making them go for it. Fixed line telephones had the great disadvantage of staying fixed to some corner of the customer's home or office. Cellular phones meant for the customer speech, text, picture and video communication even while on the move.
Companies too began reaping the benefits. Profits soared making them big players. Having phone accounts with major players turned a status symbol too, in the long run. September-end 2006 figures posted by one of the major players in the Canadian mobile communication market, for instance, would provide us with a fair idea on what plane the mobile telephony business is headed for. A report on the current fiscal's third quarter results posted by leading long distance telecommunication services player Phonetime says the company generated an increase of 23.5 per cent increase in revenue to $5.7 million. This was against the $4.6 million posted during the same period of 2005. To make it further clear, the increase was nearly 1,085,000 dollars. Phonetime is Canada's largest and most advanced private long-distance and VoIP telecommunications networks with