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AT&T opens 3G network to iPhone VoIP apps

AT&T has announced that it has taken the steps needed so that Apple can begin allowing VoIP applications on the iPhone to run on its 3G network. Prior to the announcement, AT&T had blocked VoIP applications on its network, forcing applications such as Skype and Truphone to run over Wi-Fi only. The company previously allowed VoIP applications on other wireless devices, and has informed both Apple and the FCC of its decision. It will likely be some time before VoIP-over-3G applications begin appearing in the App Store, however, as the developers of VoIP apps will need to update their code to allow for 3G connectivity, and Apple will then need to approve the updates.

“iPhone is an innovative device that dramatically changed the game in wireless when it was introduced just two years ago,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets. “Today’s decision was made after evaluating our customers’ expectations and use of the device compared to dozens of others we offer.”

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Comments

1

What he was thinking when spewing his corporate hogwash = man, get the FCC & DOJ off my back.

Posted by Xing on October 6, 2009 at 6:02 PM (CDT)

2

soo is this the counter attack towards the verizon attack? .. lol, i love my iphone but ATT is the worst service i’ve had

Posted by dennis on October 6, 2009 at 7:38 PM (CDT)

3

Am I the only one who doesn’t understand this? AT&T are clearly struggling to handle loads from iPhone users and their (our) data hogging apps. People chatting away on VOIP apps are only going to add more strain.

I’m not an expert on this, but as yet another frustrated NYC iPhone user, I’m just speaking from experience and common sense.

Anyone?

Posted by Jdub on October 6, 2009 at 10:48 PM (CDT)

4

So when do we get voip over 3g over here in the UK eh?

Posted by Godfrem on October 7, 2009 at 1:33 AM (CDT)

5

Great news, so finally VoIP through iPhone over 3G is allowed! AT&T have got to wake up and realize that data no matter voice, SMS, voip or html, can passes through 3G. I will test skype and Vopium and see how good they work on 3G for VoIP calls.

Posted by John on October 7, 2009 at 1:43 AM (CDT)

6

What about tethering?  Hello?  MMS is nice, and VOIP over 3g is nice, but what would really be useful to some of us is tethering…

Posted by DomArch on October 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM (CDT)

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