AT&T to Allow VoIP Calls Over 3G Network; Skype Fans Rejoice (updated)

Source: GigaOm
Author: Om Malik

[Commentary] AT&T says it will soon allow Apple's iPhone to make VoIP telephony calls over its 3G network. Up until now, the VoIP apps used the Wi-Fi networks and were prevented from using the 3G connection. Skype and other VoIP providers had complained loudly about AT&T's clampdown. AT&T's capitulation shows that the carriers are losing much of their control over the consumer wireless experience. A big reason for that? Competition in the wireless markets.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "When AT&T indicated, in response to the FCC's inquiry, that it would take another look at permitting VoIP on its 3G network I was encouraged. I commend AT&T's decision to open its network to VoIP. Opening wireless services to greater consumer choice will drive investment and innovation in the mobile marketplace."


This furthers the commoditization of data transport and puts us further down the road to a world in which the pipes and logical infrastructure will be separated from the applications and content.

geodanny on October 7, 2009 - 3:42am.



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