Skype Asks FCC to Level the Playing Field
Feb 22, 2007, 11:47 AM by (staff)
Skype recently petitioned the FCC to force wireless network operators to completely open their networks to all devices and applications. Carriers currently limit which phones and applications run on their networks and specifically prohibit Skype-based calls. Skype claims that by more stringently applying existing laws (1968 Carterfone decision), consumers could purchase a voice or data plan and then use whichever device they choose on whichever network they want. Competition from companies like Skype would lead to more choice and lower prices for consumers.
they're also going to have to make every phone compatible with GSM and CDMA, which is possible considering the current iden/cdma hybrid phones.
Then perhaps you can walk into a wireless store and one side you'll have your phones to choose from, and then on the other side you'll have your plans to choose from each carrier.
Then you'll really see who's the best company because then you won't have people switching carriers just because they don't like the phones being offered. it will really come down to who has the better network, plans, and customer service.
This would only shift consumer costs to data use
But it sounds like Skype actually makes a lot of arguments based on legal and technological principles, and it sure would be nice if, when carriers sold us "internet" service on our phones, we did not constantly run into unmentioned limitations on what data they want us to send or receive.
If Skype gets their way, you will be able to do more stuff with the service and device you paid for.
But the whole market is not going to magically get lower pricing in total for voice calls from any of the carriers who are routine...
I think most of you are missing the point...
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller? ... »
(Scroll down to the bottom of the page and read the fine print under "Unlimited Data Plan and Features")
http://www.cingular.com/cell-phone-service/legal/pla ... »
(this one is tough to find, but its under "Prohibited and Permissible Uses, III")
That’s all the fine print I’m wanting to have to sort through for right now but basically what it boils down to is the Skype is specifically prohibited from having its software installed on devices on networks with terms and conditions such as the above ...
Skype is full of crap
Sounds a bit desperate to me
What carrier is going to allow the use of ANY handset and ANY application?
This is pie in the sky.
If cell providers dont create this software voip companies could become the new cellular providers...With rates and data services untouchable by the excluded networks...unless they adopt or purchase the technology
Skype really sucks
misunderstand of request
Any use of a wireless network is detrimental!
Can someone refresh my memory as to why ...
If this for some odd reason did occur...
Dream on Skype.
This is not about networks, it's about carrier control on what consumers can use their data for. ...
This is already possible >>>>>
Now Skype doesn't offer an ecat download for WM Phones... you have to tweak the files a tad.... More info below...
I had to modify all of these phones to work becuase their processors wern't fast enough... but if you take the Cingular 8525 and install Skype on it you will be golden (it has a 400mhz proc on it)... Although I wouldn't reccommend using T-Mobile's data package.... well at least where I am they are EDGE... not quite fast enough for a crisp clear call.... but almost...
if anyone has any questions on how to do this email...
I can see it now...
customer: "my service isn't working very well"
Provider: "The service is fine, you bought a crappy phone from someone we didn't approve"
customer calls manufacturer of Phone
customer: "my phone isn't working very well"
Manufacturer: "The ph...
The manufacturer would work with the carriers to have their hardware certified on a particular network. Much like PCs....