updated 11:00 am EST, Mon November 9, 2009
Reneging on promises?
Apple is still preventing the use of 3G VoIP on iPhones, according to observers. While Wi-Fi has always been an option for Skype and other iPhone VoIP apps, 3G calling has typically been blocked out of bandwidth concerns, and the potential for depriving cellphone carriers -- namely AT&T -- of voice revenue. In regions with unlimited data, 3G VoIP could effectively circumvent minute limitations.
Both Apple and AT&T have nominally agreed to lift VoIP restrictions, in light of growing political concern over US cellular practices. 3G remains inactive on several major VoIP services however, including Skype, Truphone and Fring. A spokesperson for another service, Nimbuzz, has accused Apple of outright breaking its promises by rejecting the introduction of 3G support to apps.