Will the New iPod Touch Jump-Start VoIP?

by Mark Evans on July 24, 2009

ipod touchThere’s growing speculation that Apple could soon introduce a new iPod Touch with a microphone and 64GB of memory (Andy Abramson has a good blog post about it.)

If, in fact, this materializes, it would have a huge impact on VoIP usage by potentially adding millions of new users overnight.

A VoIP-friendly iPod Touch will drive more users to applications such as Skype and Truphone, and likely see new players such as Google Voice enter the market.

For many people, a voice-enabled iPod Touch will be the perfect companion for a cell phone. They woudl use the iPod Touch to listen to music, watch videos, play games, engage with social media (Facebook, Twitter), and make phone calls when they’ve got good Wi-Fi access.

An iPod Touch with VoIP will also be a nice fit for people who want more than just an iPod (music, videos) but don’t need an iPhone and the associated data plans that go along with it.

To make the iPod Touch even more irresisistable, all Apple needs to do is add a camera.

For more thoughts on a new and improved iPod Touch, check out Wired and TechSpot, which suggests it could revitalize the iPod portfolio and possibly cannibalize iPhone sales.
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Ruben on VoIP
August 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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JB July 24, 2009 at 10:25 am

Your stockish picture of the iPod Touch is the first gen model, not the current one.

Just thought it was kind of funny that you have a picture from the past in an article discussing a product from the future.

Alex Sirota July 24, 2009 at 11:18 am

Nothing to cannibalize. They need a high end product with a high end sticker price to get rid of AT&T being a complete pain in the A**. Apple doesn’t need the telecom companies really. They just need the market to innovate, and the telecoms clearly don’t do that from a features, a price point or customer service perspective.

This is a shot across the bow of telecom by an unlikely hero – Apple.

Jeff Wiener July 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Thanks for your input Jeremy. In my haste to get the blog post done I didn’t pay attention to the details. Point well taken.


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