AT&T opens its network to VoIP apps. Skype is happy but wants more

AT&T has informed Apple, the FCC and the whole world that it allows third-party VoIP apps for iPhone to run on its 3G and 2G networks. Until now, you could use VoIP on an AT&T iPhone only via Wi-Fi.

According to a letter to the FCC (PDF link), AT&T allows the use of VoIP over its network “effective immediately”, so iPhone owners can probably take advantage of VoIP apps right away.

Skype, the most well-known provider of VoIP apps for mobile, is obviously happy about AT&T’s announcement.

Skype iPhone ATT 3G

However, Skype wants more, as it announced that it’s still waiting for “further developments” to enable the use of Skype on any network and any device – basically, the company wants a “government policy that protects openness and benefits consumers.”

Via AT&T

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • resourcenation

    Having unlimited Skype on the 3G network sounds amazing, but considering how slow 3G actually is (and it's pretty slow for things that matter), then even an Iphone with VoIP service would fall considerably short of a regular VoIP phone. Being able to drop down to 39.99 would be amazing though – it's just that if half of your calls were dropped, it would be pointless. And before Skype gets all bent out of shape, they should probably address whether or not these calls can be tapped when it actually comes out.

  • resourcenation

    Having unlimited Skype on the 3G network sounds amazing, but considering how slow 3G actually is (and it's pretty slow for things that matter), then even an Iphone with VoIP service would fall considerably short of a regular VoIP phone. Being able to drop down to 39.99 would be amazing though – it's just that if half of your calls were dropped, it would be pointless. And before Skype gets all bent out of shape, they should probably address whether or not these calls can be tapped when it actually comes out.