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Apple Lifts VoIP Over 3G Restriction with New iPhone SDK

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Jan 27, 2010, 9:05 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jul 28, 2019, 4:22 PM

Today in conjunction with its announcement about the iPad tablet computer, Apple also released a software development kit for the iPhone. iPhone OS 3.2 SDK will let developers adopt their existing iPhone applications for the iPad. It also removes the restriction Apple had placed preventing applications such as Skype from placing VoIP calls over 3G networks. AT&T has already relented on this point, but now applications can use AT&T's data network (rather than its voice network) to make voice calls using VoIP technology. One application that uses VoIP for phone calls, called iCall, is already available in the iPhone Apps Store. There has been no word from other VoIP purveyors, such as Skype and TruPhone, as to whether or not they will revise their applications to reflect the new change in rules.

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Jan 27, 2010, 10:44 PM


Wow! Is Apple dragging AT&T along kicking and screaming here? Between this news and the unlimited data offering on the ipad, perhaps this is the price AT&T must pay to be given three more years of iphone exclusivity?
The problem is, AT&T's 3G sucks... so they can just prove that with this option of trying to pass voice over their network.

Jan 28, 2010, 2:10 AM

Throw Out the Cell Phone, Home Phone and Cable Bills!!

I currently pay $75 a month for 1st generation iphone.

I would like to see if I could beat the cost in one year by using an iPad (skype) as a phone instead of paying my AT&T cell phone bill each month.

3G iPad Costs:
$629 16 gig 3G iPad
$29.99 12 months($359.8😎 Unlimited Data

$988.00 a year.

I would then need to purchase US to US skype telephone number for $50 a year.(this would allow anyone to call you and allow you to make US calls)

988 + 50 =1038 a year

Now, I currently pay $75 a month for a 1st Generation iPhone 700 minute plan.

This plan cost me $900 a year.

The iPad will cost me $138 more a year.

However, having a 3G connecting device will allow me with the extra perk of being able to search the web...
It sure does! It would sound better if it were Google VoIP! Come on Google! Now is the time!
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