Why Speculation on Google & VoIP is Wrong

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Why Google Is Not Doing VoIP
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Om Malik, somewhat of a VoIP expert and frequent commentator on the technology explains why speculation over Google going into VoIP is out of whack:

The first reason, why Google is not doing VoIP: how the hell do you monetize something like this. Since Google’s business model revolves around embedding text-ads in pretty much everything, it doesn’t make sense for them to even indulge in VoIP.

I suspect that people are reading too much into Google’s job listing, which in my opinion has a very simple explanation. Google is growing, and it is adding data center capacity pretty much all across the planet. (Because it wants to be the Internet OS!) Europe, Asia and US and it needs to link these together with a dedicated backbone, like most smart companies do. In order to do that, they have to build a global virtual network.

Om goes on to theorize that Google does not want to buy dark fibre at all, they just want a chief negotiator with experience in the area to put these deals in place.

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Web based VoIP software

They could display ads according to what people talk about and the caller will see ads. I know that it sounds a bit vague but there's always a possibility of displaying ads.

They could display ads accord

They could display ads according to what people talk about and the caller will see ads. I know that it sounds a bit vague but there's always a possibility of displaying ads.

Can you imagine the privacy issues of such a thing ? Google got burnt with Gmail never mind Google knowing what your talking about on the phone.

Thinking Out Loud

"honey could you pick up a quart of milk"

Your cell phone the screen shows you the 5 closest locations to you with prices for milk. You can click on each location to get a map.

"yea lets go see the new Harry Potter flick tonight ..."

The screen shows you the locations of the closest 5 theaters showing the movie with start times. You can click on the theater and time and buy your movie tickets right from your phone, without having to wait in line.

I don't know about you

but for my average phone call I don't want adverts. Just THINK about what you talk about with your best friend, or even your not very best friend, and then translate that into an online experience.

Thinking Out Loud

"honey could you pick up a quart of milk"

Your cell phone the screen shows you:

Milk Quart
New & used Milk Quart. aff
Check out the deals now!
www.ebay.com

It's a brave new world kids ...

Didn't I hear

About a telephone company adding audio ads in place of on hold tones?

Average phone call I don't want adverts.

It's amazing what type of information people will give up for free stuff.

Three words:
Voice Recognition Software.

I agree that it's probably a

I agree that it's probably a connectivity issue - at least, at first. But what the speculation does (right or wrong) is point out that Google can do a lot with a high degree of connectivity over the longer term.

Can't monetise Voip? Wasn't that once said about search in the days before Google became a $40 billion entity? :)

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