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What I found very interesting is that he also said that in the not too far future we will not pay for voice calls. Coupled with what the Mobilcom chief in germany said a while back, that UMTS might lead to free voice calls, this gets very interesting indeed. It is all bits and bytes and voice is really very little bandwidth.


Please don't believe everything Herr Schmid of Mobilcom says. While it's true that voice doesn't require much bandwidth, it does require that this bandwidth is guaranteed, and that the inter-packet delay remains within certain limits. If your internet connection doesn't respond at all for a second or two, you can easily live with that, but a voice connection would be seriously impaired. Remember also that a voice connection must also terminate somewhere, often in another network. Herr Schmid can only promise you free calls within his network, not to the rest of the world.

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