Taipei Muni Phones

Like Earthlink’s WiFi phone plans, the city of Taipei, in Taiwan, is pushing dual WiFi, cellular phones as a way to offer lower-priced phone calls over its municipal wireless network. The initiative is being called “Taipei Easy Call,” and is backed by ten companies says the BBC. By August the group hopes to upgrade schools and government offices to the new telephony system, which is supposed to be significantly less expensive in the long run.

Well, that’s the plan. If no one joins the network, then of course there’ll be significantly more investment and absolutely no savings. The New York Times recently reported that the network was finding it tough to attract paying customers. JiWire says Taipei’s municipal network is the largest in the world and perhaps these cheap calling plans would attract more users.