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Landline to Mobile Call Charges Slashed to 4.5 ppm

The cost of calling mobile phones is now only 4.5 ppm with Westlake Communications new low cost business telephone call plan.

Traditionally the cost of calling mobiles has always been high, but recent regulation has caused a big price drop for business users that want to reduce the cost of calling mobile phones.  Until recently the average cost to call a mobile phone was around 8 ppm, so this new price is almost 50% cheaper.

Companies that have wanted to reduce their landline to mobile call charges were forced to use a GSM Gateway which was a piece of hardware that could be connected to a business telephone system and used a mobile phone SIM card to enable calls to be made using more competitive mobile to mobile call tariffs.  Using a GSM gateway could reduce business calls to mobiles to around 4 ppm so this new low call charge to mobile phones of only 4.5ppm makes the use of a GSM Gateway obsolete for call cost reduction.

GSM gateways are still widely used as alternatives to telephone lines for remote or temporary offices and also to propvide convenient telephone connectivity for applications such as alarms (lift alarms, care alarms etc) or for connection to a stand alone telephone for expample as part of a taxi phone solution.

Call charges to mobile phones are set to drop even further over the next two years with calls as low as 2 ppm in 2014.

Surge in popularity of GSM Gateways for small business users

GSM Gateways have seen a surge of popularity due to the increase of Mobile Extension.  Many new phone systems include Mobile Extension capability that enable inbound calls to the PBX to be routed out on another line to a mobile phone and enable the remote user to answer the call as well as provide the capability of transferring that call back to other PBX extensions. 

Normally this process would use a second ISDN line to call the mobile phone, which would mean high call charges to use the Mobile Extension Facility.  By using a suitable ISDN or VoIP GSM Gateway and a mobile Phone Plan that provides free calls between users on the same plan, these Mobile Extension Calls can be made free of charge.

For telephone systems that do not have Mobile Extension functionality built-in there are GSM Gateways available that can connect between the telephone system and the telephone lines and provide mobile extension functionality, wihout the expense of upgrading the whole telephone system. 

The Telecom FM Onestream is a great example of  a GSM Mobile Extension Gateway providing mobile extension functionality for analogue and ISDN2 phone systems as well as providing the additional benefit of having a built in VoIP Gateway to enable the same Analogue or ISDN2 telephone system to make calls using a VoIP Telephone provider (SIP Trunk).