Voice calling is on the rise. There's no doubt about it. The spike is likely caused by people looking to find the personal connection that's missing with a text message.
According to figures from CTIA — the Wireless Association, the number of voice minutes in the United States increased to 2.62 trillion, from 2.3 trillion.
That trend probably won't end anytime soon. That's because tech developers are now coming up with even more ways to help us make voice calls by combining the personal touch of a phone call with the convenience of a text message. Thomas Gayno and Jeff Baxter had worked on Google Glass, and now have started their own project called Cord. It's a voice messaging service that's already raised over $2 million in seed money. They think voice messaging is the way of the future because new wearable tech like smart watches will rely on voice functions.
There's also mobile apps like Voxer and ChitChat that let people send short voice messages to one another. Apple is also developing a new feature that will let iPhone users do the same thing.
The new services aren’t trying to replicate the phone calls of yore. Instead, they are trying to fashion a new kind of voice interaction that is efficient and intimate, yet not intrusive. Many have the advantage of letting the recipient of a message play it and answer it at her leisure.
Voice calling is here to stay. In fact, if you love talking to your friends and family, it looks like you're going to have more options than ever.