AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

Summary: AT&T is allowing voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services over its 3G network for Apple's iPhone. Previously, VoIP was limited to a Wi-Fi connection.

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AT&T is allowing voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services over its 3G network for Apple's iPhone. Previously, VoIP was limited to a Wi-Fi connection.

In a statement, AT&T said:

AT&T today announced it has taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T’s wireless network. Previously, VoIP applications on iPhone were enabled for Wi-Fi connectivity. For some time, AT&T has offered a variety of other wireless devices that enable VoIP applications on 3G, 2G and Wi-Fi networks. AT&T this afternoon informed Apple Inc. and the FCC of its decision.

This news is good for Skype, which had been hampered on the iPhone. Skype already applauded the move.

The next question: Will this move affect Google Voice. Technically, Google Voice, the source of a big dust-up between AT&T, Apple, Google and the FCC, isn't VoIP, but don't be surprised it Google Voice for the iPhone arrives shortly. Verizon Wireless touted that its Android devices would support Google Voice.

AT&T said the VoIP move is due to a "fresh look" at capabilities for the iPhone.

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  • Pre

    When will my Pre do this?! No one uses AT&T or an iPhone.
    Andrew Mager
    • Boy...are YOU asking for trouble. ;-) (nt)

      ...
      IT_Guy_z
    • Several Million iPhone Users Would Argue That Point!

      In my "tech circle" the iPhone outnumbers all other smartphones combined by a 3 to 1 margin.

      With 10.2 million units sold world-wide, I'd hardly say that "nobody" uses an iPhone. And if you want one in the US, AT&T is your only option.
      GeneBuettner
    • pre??

      who uses a pre? nobody
      blake_carlson@...
  • RE: AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

    This is all part of a strategic move by at&t to appear that they
    are doing something for the customer. What would be a
    better move is to stop charging for text messages.
    Keonidas
    • You must be joking, right?

      Why in the world would they stop charging for text messages? That would be like a gas station no longer charging for the soda they sell inside the store.

      Text messaging is a cash cow and they would be stupid to stop charging for it; besides, is this at all related to the topic? I thought not...
      riveroad
  • RE: AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

    AT & T is becoming a larger player in "the cloud", so its probably better for them to be the one to give here because the reward could be greater down the road. Plus it makes them look better.
    Anita Y. Mathis
  • RE: AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

    Now that At&t is supporting VOIP applications on its 3G service, can the newly announced Vonnage App on iphone use the 3G service to make the calls (in the absence of Wifi) instead of charging the customer for the minutes (as the existing plan is).... why is only Skype the gainer with this move by At&t and why not Vonnage... That way I can all my international calls through Vonnage app on my iPhone irrespective of whether I am in a Wifi hotspot or not....

    @Vonnage: are you hearing me???
    Vivek_Vazz
    • ATT has supported skype on 3g

      for a long time. I use it. BUT I have a WM phone. The restriction was only for Iphones
      steeleblue_cactus
  • RE: AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

    Edit
    tony@...
  • RE: AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

    In laymen's terms (dummies like me) what does this REALLY mean?
    samplesurfing
  • RE: AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

    well that explains my 3g connection speed decrease...... What have they done?..... Aaahhhhhh!
    c79ram
  • RE: AT&T ends iPhone VoIP restrictions; Skype set free

    This is a non-event as nobody with any intelligence would have an iPhone.
    jfreedle2@...