Wednesday, October 07, 2009

AT&T Allows VoIP Over 3G Network, On iPHones!

VoIP Over 3G
AT&T  said in a news release that it is allowing VoIP applications like SIPON, SIPGate, and my most used VoIP App on iPhone, Skype, to ride over it's 3G wireless network. Many people and news networks like CNN, think it has to with recent FCC investigations over Google Voice App iPhone rejection and the congressional push for network neutrality.
But I think there is more., I have found my 3G network to be available when the bars on the wireless is basically zero. So far when the wireless network is bad I have been texting to fill the gap. I think AT&T hopes that the complains about call completion may go down once the VoIP is allowed over the 3G. I did post about the iPhone 3G Speeds but I am looking forward to test a few of my VoIP Apps over 3G, as soon as Apps are updated to take the advantage!
But where is my Google Voice App for iPhone?
Following is the press release by AT&T

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.
In late summer, AT&T said it was taking a fresh look at VoIP capabilities on iPhone for use on AT&T’s 3G network, consistent with its regular review of device features and capabilities to ensure attractive options for consumers.
“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.”
AT&T allows customers to download or launch on their wireless devices a multitude of compatible applications directly from any lawful Internet website. Additionally, because AT&T uses GSM technology, the most pervasive and open wireless technology platform in the world, we support customers using any GSM phone that works on AT&T's frequencies.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.


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