Skype Comments on AT&T Policy Change Allowing VoIP over 3G Network
Following up on a rumor earlier today that AT&T would be announcing a new, friendlier policy towards Skype and Google Voice, Skype President Josh Silverman posted on the official Skype blog, saying "Good move, AT&T":
Silverman reveals that 10% of all iPhone and iPod touch devices have downloaded the Skype app (which makes roughly 5 million installs, if our math is right), and while they give AT&T the requisite kudos, Silverman states that it's the government and industry regulation that should ensure open networks -- in line with the FCC's recent move to establish "net neutrality".
Of course, AT&T announcements and Skype enthusiasm are one thing, let's see how long it takes to get Skype 3G into the App Store.
(And, of course, that still leaves Google Voice)
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Apple twisting in the wind all by itself here banning Google Voice.
How long can they hold out? Customer wrath will NOW be fully focused on Apple and ONLY Apple for any WiFi only apps, and Google Voice bans, and similar things.
Is the Dam starting to develop cracks, and we start to see a stampede of previously wifi only apps and banned apps, or will Apple circle the wagons and dig in their heels further? Is it even rational to mix that many metaphors in a single question?
Then again, it is Apple's right to say what goes into the App Store. Then there is jailbreaking. And the circle continues.
Google Voice likely scares the crap out of Apple because it provides a gateway to a better service and Apple doesn't want people to get hooked on Google and turn the iPhone into dumb hardware until Apple has a competitive solution (their new data center?)
GV isn't Voip by some strict definition of the term.
Voip has come to mean something in the phone industry that is not always used in general practice. The phone industry requires some interoperability with POTS to be considered Voip.
Skype to skype calls on your computer are voip in the technical sense, but not recognized as such by the phone industry.
But if Skype-to-skype can work on both 3G and wifi and if skype adds notifications, (like Fring and IM+) it would allow international calls from iphone to iphone or PC, and all portions would be carried via TCP/IP, so "Voip" by any rational definition.
Now, if GV could carry the mobile leg (iphone to/from GV servers) via 3g or wifi, then you would never have to use any Minutes for a GV incoming or outgoing call.
(I thought the banned GV app did that, used TCP/IP for outgoing calls from the iphone, but Its not clear that this is the case.).
This change of heart from ATT would allow Google to cut their leased lines in half, by handling half the call-end-points by TCP/IP.
On another note:
I think you are probably right about the New Data Center somehow entering into this whole mystery.
OTOH, If Apple turns the mystery tablet into the iReader for the print industry, and replays the iPod for Music industry story, that data center could be gobbled up pretty quickly.