Phone Cards Lost To Smartphones.
Phone cards and the Smartphones, there are two answers for this question one is “Yes” and the other is “No”. People all over the world understand that the Smartphone is actually a hand held computer. It can do so many things without and with the help of the Apps. Also with or without data it can function to make usual phone calls and SMS texting it is developed for.
Smartphone can dial and receive cheaper phone calls through the available VoIP services. The owner must have purchased call time from a service provider or from their carrier.
When Wi-Fi connection is free then they can call their friends for free trough IM (Instant Messenger) service provider. Further more the latest handheld gadgets are designed to work as a wireless router to allow all those Smartphones that are near to it with the owner’s permission.
So the phone card industry is little suffering sales to their customers as many of them are now depends on the IM service. They used to communicate with their friends with out paying any money through this mode.
Passengers and travelers who are going to overseas mostly depend on the phone cards. They are afraid of the roaming charges after using their cell phone overseas in the roaming mode.
So the phone card industry is depending on those travelers and expatriate workers. People don’t like roaming while staying in countries where VoIP service is restricted. Like wise middle class people who can’t afford a Smartphone too like phone cards to call their loved ones.
Actually before the invention of the iPhone and the dialer Apps the phone card industry was enjoying lot of sales all over the world. After the iPhone all the cellular phone companies had turned their focus on the Smartphone production and the developers started to create dialer Apps and the phone card sales is on the decline from then on wards.
Phone Card Industry.
The phone card industry will not collapse but will survive with less profit than years back when they enjoyed heavy profit. That led to start new platforms and it opened many jobs in this sector. Now as the profit is less this sector too provide less job opportunities for the IT qualified people.