Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be "huge"

Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be "huge"

Summary: Gizmodo's Brian Lam (no, not the C-SPAN guy, that'd be Brian Lamb) notes a snippet from Apple's SDK-coming-out-part press conference in which one Mr. Jobs noted that any third-party iPhone developer cooks up a VoIP program for iPhone, the utility will be allowed to work via any Wi-Fi hotspots that might be in range.

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Gizmodo's Brian Lam (no, not the C-SPAN guy, that'd be Brian Lamb) notes a snippet from Apple's SDK-coming-out-part press conference in which one Mr. Jobs noted that any third-party iPhone developer cooks up a VoIP program for iPhone, the utility will be allowed to work via any Wi-Fi hotspots that might be in range.

VoIP over iPhone via AT&T' Mobility's cell network. Sorry, not gonna happen.

Brian thinks VoIP over iPhone WiFi is going to be "huge."

I'm not so sure, though. Mobile VoIP is making some inroads in the enterprise and SMB sectors, but less so for the consumer. I mean, Vonage tried VoIP over Wi-Fi, but then quietly dropped their offering. Not enough demand, and reports of less-than-stellar tech quality.

Before I offer more a more conclusive assessment about the longer-term prospects VoIP over iPhone, let me see what the 3P devs come up with.

Topics: Networking, iPhone, Mobility, Telcos, Unified Comms

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  • Well i can tell you why Vonage dropped the wireless support...

    The offering they had, some clunky "wifi" phone from UTStarcomm....whas utter crap. It wouldnt act right on a WPA network, the WPA(or WEP even) key was a REAL pain to put in and yes the quality sucked. I run my broadvoice VoIP service attached to Linksys's WET200 (a device where u can plug wired LAN devices in and give them wi-fi connectivity) and the service is awesome.
    JT82
  • VoIP over EDGE? Right...

    Until the Iphone has 3G, VoIP is only possible over WiFi, which is never around for free when you really need it (at least not in the US). Not sure why VoIP with an IPhone would be "huge" when people have been using Skype and GoogleTalk clients for years now with other (more open) devices.

    Only when Apple provides this app can an otherwise mundane product enhancement become huge.
    jackc111
  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

    What, you don't want a phone that will be free when you use it at work or at home?

    Someone is missing the point here. Pay for the value add of the cell phone network only when you need it, not ALL THE TIME.

    That's only in the short term. In the long term, think "WiMax demolishes value of circuit switched cell phone network."

    Dak
    d_a_keldsen
  • Total Disagreement

    I think it will be a big deal. I have Tmobile's Blackberry Curve with @Home for 9.99 a month. I get unlimited VoIP calling when in range of a WiFi spot or tmobile's hotspots.

    It works wonderfully, going from WiFi VoIP to the Wireless Edge network (and back to WiFi) without getting disconnected or doing anything else.

    The real question here is will AT&T allow this? Will they build it into their plans and charge for it like Tmobile did? And will Apple like this? AFAIK they get a cut of the profits from AT&T will people start paying for less minutes?
    YZFDude1@...
    • hey

      curious about this. how are you doing that? you have data only on blackberry for 10/mo? what sip do you use?
      lildaver
  • Skype port

    If Skype ports to iPhone that would be great. A cell phone and home/office VoIP phone all in one sounds pretty darn useful.

    Not to mention the hundreds of other applications I'll be able to throw on it.
    jarra64
  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

    Any project having anything to do with AT&T is doomed to end up in court,given AT&T's record for taking consumers for a ride.Bad decision,bad business.
    rn4state@...
  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

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  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

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  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

    You are absolutely right ,

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    FunkyGeek
  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

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  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

    thanks to Fring and a piece of ingenious software. Using the native app, it's now possible to place and receive calls via your WiFi <a href="http://www.1-hit.com/web-hosting.htm">hosting</a> connection, thus making AT&T CEOs cry like little babies. Besides doing Skype and the like, the app also lets you connect for chats via MSN Messenger, ICQ, GTalk, SIP, Twitter, AIM, and Yahoo!, which should make this an attractive package even if you don't want to harness the raw power of IP telephony. You can get the application for free by loading up Installer with the company's repo.
    johnsmth_smith15
  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

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  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

    While it may be a good idea I don't think it will kick off unless it is a very heavily used system.

    I pay a fairly heavy contract to get the phone I want and it works fairly well, because I get unlimited data with that and I don't have to worry about breaking my limits.

    It could work as part of say a <a href="http://www.opus-telecom.co.uk/" target="_blank">business phone system</a> perhaps, say a WiFi system in an office and whenever a call is made off a business phone there just wire it through the WiFi instead of using company minutes.
    Don Rev
  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

    VOIP should never be used on a wireless connection. If your planning on using VOIP at all an ethernet wire and plug your phone directly to that. VOIP will squeek, chirp, squark and choke on any wireless connection. No wonder they stopped supporting it

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  • RE: Sorry, Gizmodo, VoIP over iPhone isn't going to be

    Hey there, It's a tricky path you have there and we as an organisation are struggling to find the best way to deliver VoIP and Video to people who seem to perpetually have meetings due to their type of work. I work for a worldwide environmental charity and we're faced with the problem of users on low cost lines wanting the cheapest and most converged solution for their needs. Question1 I know my users would want both Video and Voice to be converged into the solution but I think with current technologies and line speeds that we would prefer a good or at least acceptable voice connection rather than a medium to shoddy voice and video experience. Video can wait. Question2 Our delivery is mostly to users on contended ADSL and SDSL lines delivered from a main Fat Pipe Office where the PS servers live. Question3 We'd expect a 'usable' solution accross the data lines I've already mentioned one which could make then happy to use the converged voice and application solution. Question4 It would be 'nice' to have the softphone as a published app but if it makes the experience better I'd prefer whatever gives the quality a good chance even if it means publishing the softphone for our users to download seperately should they not be on a machine with the software already deployed. Question5 Again... as long as the permiter firewall boxes could deal with whatever external to ICA protocol is used and it could be proxied via a CSG/WI/CAG type host to prevent direct exposure/connection to the internal server/VoIP kit then I'd be happy with that solution also. Integration with proprietary protocols on the Mitel or Avaya VoIP systems would be a HUGE benefit. Question6 Headsets are something we'd be happy with also, I think they provide a richer and more ledgible experience than trying to shout at the machine whilst in a non-silent environment. I hope these answers are of some use and I'll be keeping my beady eye on this forum as this is one of the hottest topics of my working life right now. <br>Regards<br>Irene<br><A href="http://www.holytraffic.com">Increase Website Traffic</A> <A href="http://www.pali-beach-resort.com">Mumbai Hotels</A>
    shalin111