Apple lifts VoIP ban over 3G networks; iCall is first iPhone app with 3G support

Apple lifts VoIP ban over 3G networks; iCall is first iPhone app with 3G support

Summary: Looks like Apple's got some other news going on besides all this iPad business, namely that they've lifted VoIP restrictions over 3G networks.

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Looks like Apple's got some other news going on besides all this iPad business, namely that they've lifted VoIP restrictions over 3G networks.

Up until now, iPhone users could only make VoIP calls over Wi-Fi networks. Well, Apple has swung open the cellular network doors and updated the smartphone's SDK to allow developers to take advantage of this new function.

And with this, iCall has become the first and only (for the moment) iPhone/iPod Touch app to have functionality over the 3G network (and they did that remarkably fast...). Will Skype, Truphone and other similar calling apps get on board soon?

Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Networking, Telcos, Unified Comms, Wi-Fi

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  • bye bye AT&T voice plans

    With applications like these, there's pretty much no reason at ALL to get a voice plan with AT&T anymore. New iPad 3G plus an unlimited data plan for $30/mth is far far far more attractive than any cellular plan offered by any carrier.

    Nopw, if Apple opens up the data only plans to the iPod Touch, we'll really start to see some action.
    odcchaz
    • Comparing apples to squash

      Relying on 3G for all your voice calls would be very short sighted...especially on AT&T's 3G network.
      jumpymonkey
    • Did not realize the iPod touch had 3g NT

      NT
      mrlinux
      • Works on wifi

        It doesn't of course, but iCall isn't limited to 3G. Data is data. Works over wifi as well. No go for first gen Touches though.
        dpeters11
  • RE: Apple lifts VoIP ban over 3G networks; iCall is first iPhone app with 3G support

    Google Voice?
    Real World
  • Apps already do VOIP over 3G

    Every app I've used... does *NOT* allow VOIP over wi-fi... but *DOES* allow VOIP over 3G.

    Can anyone list a few of each type of app?
    nomorespam3333
  • Could this mean, they are opening the door for the iPad to make phone calls

    NT
    Axsimulate
    • They need to. Will they? Who knows.

      They need to open that up and allow Flash to run on their devices. Those two things are limiting them right now.
      goingbust
  • RE: Apple lifts VoIP ban over 3G networks; iCall is first iPhone app with 3

    This is nothing new. Skype already works over 3G.
    ZJohnnyZ
    • really

      Really? What version - I am looking at my Skype
      screen on my iPhone and it is telling me that "You
      need WiFi to call over Skype. Skype calls over 3G
      networks are currently not allowed due to
      contractual restrictions."

      This is on an iPhone 3G on at&t's network.
      tbuccelli
      • YEAH, REALLY

        Skype seems to disagree with you, too.

        http://share.skype.com/sites/en/2009/10/good_move_att.html

        I've been using Skype this way since back in October.

        PJ
        ZJohnnyZ
  • RE: Apple lifts VoIP ban over 3G networks; iCall is first iPhone app with 3G support

    Sound quality is shabby at best. Try having a meaningful conversation and it's choppy and eventually drops. I'll buy Google stock to find an actual solution that works.
    kaneb80@...