Rumor: AT&T to Announce Support for Skype, Google Voice... on the iPhone?
The Washington Post is rumormongering that AT&T might just officially announce support for Skype and Google Voice on their 3G network at this week's CTIA show, and that they will run on Apple's iPhone.
Normally Apple and Apple alone tends to speak about what's coming to the iPhone, so we'd dismiss this outright except for the fact that Google Voice has been an increasing thorn in Apple's otherwise incredibly successful iPhone side as of late, especially among industry watchers, tech pundits, and... the FCC. So, getting AT&T to slide it into a CTIA announcement might just let Apple get everyone off their lawn, without having to publicly eat any crow.
AT&T has declined comment, but Smartphone Experts has editor-in-chief Dieter Bohn and fearless CrackBerry.com leader Kevin Michaluk live at CTIA this week, and TiPb has asked them to keep their ears peeled, and fingers at the ready, should anything come of this.
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Why T-Mobile? They already sell the phone through them in other countries.
It might be because Verizion's announced big push into Android phones.
Perhaps ATT is seeing that holding back the iPhones true potential is going to hurt them in the long run.
Maybe its Apple's price for extending the contract?
And maybe its wishful thinking, and rampant speculation, but its a fun rumor none the less.
Is it that you really can't be without your TV for your brief forays out of your basement into the light of day?
I don't get it. There is so little worth watching on TV that having it everywhere you go seems hardly worth the effort.
I agree that Skype does not use a great deal of bandwidth. In fact, it probably uses less bandwidth than a regular cell call.
Call setup over skype/voip is someone else's problem. ATT hands the packets off to the net right at the tower, and its not their problem any more.
Voice calls are their problem. If I were them I would be charging for a base number of minutes and a dataplan and actively pushing the rest to the net as fast as I could.
After all, that is what LTE is all about anyway.
I agree and I think that if they thought about it and implemented such a solution, it would solve a lot of problems with reliability.
You OBVIOUSLY never been out shopping with a wife or significant other during a major sporting event. I know having the sling I can watch my Baseball games or NFL games when I am not home. If your not a sports fan, then you wouldn't understand.
My wife is a bigger sports fan than I am. She wouldn't miss the event any more than I would. She will come bursting in the door any minute now, because the Play-In game between Twins/Tigers is due up in 15 minutes. We're particularly fans of either team, just fans of Baseball.
I have a sling, I travel, and I tell you being in the airport @ a bar only showing stupid crap during a 2 hr delay is not fun aka ESPN and Fox News. So, I whip out the iPhone, netbook, or lappy, order up a martini and watch my TiVo or whatever I want to pass the time.
Also, the hotels I'm staying in suck @ t.v. they don't get the cartoon network! At night, while I'm winding down, with a martini I watch some Cartoon network, some Syfy, maybe some Investigation Discovery (Dr. G.) and I hit the sheets with the desk clerk with the tight ass. I don't know his name but I don't need to know. He looks like Vin Diesel so I don't give a rats.
Its starting to be reported in more places.
The new york times: (Job's bible):http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/technology/companies/07phone.html
@xultar: You need to get off the net and learn to understand other points of view. Seriously: martini AND cartoons? You need help.
um...that was a scary amount of personal information.
The main reason I got a slingbox was to watch those sporting events that I would miss otherwise. My schedule and lifestyle require me to travel a lot, and I am a huge New England sports fan and I was tired of missing so many Bruins games. So I forked over the money, and now I can watch all my sports and shows wherever I am, but it would be so much easier if I didn't have to jailbreak my phone in order to do that.
If you aren't a big sports fan, you're right. I can't see the point of buying a slingbox, unless you wanted to show it off so bad.
Yes, I know, this is really important :-)
um you need to get off the net AND slingbox AND the martinis AND the cartoon network and maybe your stress level can go down and you can interpret posts better
apple is already afraid of google.