AT & T to Allow iPhone VoIP on its 3G Network

ATT today announced that it had:

“taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T’s wireless network.”

Up to this point, VoIP applications on an iPhone have been limited to running on WiFi, so this is fantastic news for iPhone owners. They have already notified Apple and the FCC. Based on the title of the statement, “AT&T Extends VOIP to 3G Network for iPhone“, this will be on their 3G network only. They have offered a variety of devices in the past that run VoIP on their 2G and 3G networks, along with WiFi, so I am not sure if this is for first gen iPhones or not. Doesn’t look like it. My question is why has this taken so long? The delay for MMS was said to be due to infrastructure upgrades, but since VoIP has been running on their network anyway, why was it ever – not allowed?

My problem with this is in principle. I pay for unlimited data…. except this, and that, and oh yeah… the other thing. I was lucky enough to buy NetShare in the app store before it was pulled by Apple. That lets me tether my MacBook Pro to my iPhone for internet access. Do I use it? Well Im not saying, but if I did it would have only been about 4 or 5 times when the WiFi at the radio station was out on a Sunday morning and I needed some web browsing. That would not be a huge load on the network. I feel the same way about VoIP. I use Skype. Not a lot, but I do use it. I also use Google Voice which, while not VoIP, does allow free SMS. I pay for a service from AT & T that includes unlimited data. To AT& T that means unlimited Email and Web Browsing. Unlimited Twitter. Unlimited Google Maps. You get the point. Unlimited anything that does not compete with AT & T services. I wish that unlimited data meant just that, any type of data.

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