updated 12:25 pm EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
Germany halts iPhone Skype
German iPhone owners have been banned from fully exploiting the recently-released Skype app, writes the Associated Press. In spite of the title being legally available to download from the country's App Store, T-Mobile warns that it considers use of the app on its network a violation of contract. All VoIP services on the iPhone have been blocked since 2007, notes a representative for T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telekom.
In explanation, the representative claims that VoIP apps could slow down T-Mobile's network; Skype lawyer Robert Miller insists, however, that the app should not slow down cellular services. It is also believed that many carriers see VoIP as a threat to their profit models, which are dependent on per-minute charging for voice calls. Skype is able to circumvent this by offering free calls to other Skype users, and cheaper plans for calling conventional phones.