WhatsApp VoIP is good for us, says Vodacom

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I can't call this ironic because I have no personal evidence but there was talk of 'certain' large moperators in the UK being accused by testers of degrading voip by adding jitter, rather than outright blocking of the traffic. If true, this is a brilliant operator strategy
 

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Vodacom just isn't stupid enough to fumble on this like MTN.

They'll find a more subtle way to make us pay I'm sure.
 

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A quick glance as to what is happening in the USA market : mobile operators pre-empted the threat of smart phone messaging apps like whatsapp, and starting bundling unlimited texting into their plans as a mitigation strategy. It worked. Whatsapp is bleh in the US market because who wants to use a 3rd party app when the native text app is free. They then got wind via apps like viber and Skype what was going to happen to voice, and, copy and paste, voice become unlimited on most plans. Why would anyone use whatsapp for voice when the native circuit switched voice is "free"? The US operators got it : the future is all about data and that's the market to protect. Give voice and text away and concentrate on building value with your data customers. It is no co-incidence that data is so expensive in the USA... The South African mobile operators need to catch a wake up. They are trying to rape us while they can (by charging exorbitant fees for voice), when in reality, they should be protecting the voice distribution channel by giving it a way for free and applying margins on something whatsapp cant replicate yet : data provisioning and the data channel. All 4 of them are too focused on short term profits instead of long term longevity - a trend that is unfortunately way to common in South Africa. There is no big match mentality with corporates. MTN is a prime example, as is Multichoice, the airlines (SAA and Comair) and some of the banks. Bully and protect current market position at the expense of innovation. When a disrupting technology comes along, they all scramble....
 

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A quick glance as to what is happening in the USA market : mobile operators pre-empted the threat of smart phone messaging apps like whatsapp, and starting bundling unlimited texting into their plans as a mitigation strategy. It worked. Whatsapp is bleh in the US market because who wants to use a 3rd party app when the native text app is free. They then got wind via apps like viber and Skype what was going to happen to voice, and, copy and paste, voice become unlimited on most plans. Why would anyone use whatsapp for voice when the native circuit switched voice is "free"? The US operators got it : the future is all about data and that's the market to protect. Give voice and text away and concentrate on building value with your data customers. It is no co-incidence that data is so expensive in the USA...

You are contradicting yourself by saying the US operators "got it" and then explain how they are avoiding it, rather than make it work for them.

Either way, it does not matter. As you rightly pointed out, the operators did not try and protect their market by bullying. They gave consumers a competitive alternative (at least, that is what I read in your comment). Their way the client still benefit.
I don't care which option is cheaper, traditional voice or VOIP, as long as communication costs become more competitive.
 

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More like "We can see its inevitable so lets at least put a positive PR spin on it".
 
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Good comment! Let's not forget th biggest bully of them all "dear old helkom!
A quick glance as to what is happening in the USA market : mobile operators pre-empted the threat of smart phone messaging apps like whatsapp, and starting bundling unlimited texting into their plans as a mitigation strategy. It worked. Whatsapp is bleh in the US market because who wants to use a 3rd party app when the native text app is free. They then got wind via apps like viber and Skype what was going to happen to voice, and, copy and paste, voice become unlimited on most plans. Why would anyone use whatsapp for voice when the native circuit switched voice is "free"? The US operators got it : the future is all about data and that's the market to protect. Give voice and text away and concentrate on building value with your data customers. It is no co-incidence that data is so expensive in the USA... The South African mobile operators need to catch a wake up. They are trying to rape us while they can (by charging exorbitant fees for voice), when in reality, they should be protecting the voice distribution channel by giving it a way for free and applying margins on something whatsapp cant replicate yet : data provisioning and the data channel. All 4 of them are too focused on short term profits instead of long term longevity - a trend that is unfortunately way to common in South Africa. There is no big match mentality with corporates. MTN is a prime example, as is Multichoice, the airlines (SAA and Comair) and some of the banks. Bully and protect current market position at the expense of innovation. When a disrupting technology comes along, they all scramble....
 
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