Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 28th Jul 2009 06:13 UTC
Apple The news just broke that Apple has rejected the official upcoming Google Voice application, and stopped distributing the third party "GV" application, an app that was previously authorized. Read on for a quick commentary, from the point of view of not an Apple or Google fangirl, but from someone who genuinely appreciates VoIP SIP (even if Google Voice itself is not VoIP, read on). For those who have read my blog over the years, would probably remember my VoIP-related rants since 2005. UPDATE: A more direct, more personal, reply from me to Apple and AT&T.
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NexusCrawler
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2009-02-11

I think you're missing the point.

Today, all the VoIP stuff on mobile devices are set back not by device vendors but by telecom operators.

They just don't want you to make a call "for free" or at least for cheaper while you could use your telecom's voice credit at full cost.

So of course Apple doesn't say "we're restricting you because your operator wants to make money/doesn't want you to spend less money", they make some bad excuses like "the feature is duplicated with the phone's voice capability, hence there is no need for this app".

For instance in France, most if not all operators simply prohibit VoIP on their 3G networks.

Another commenter told us about Skype for iPhone: as he said, the app can only be used over Wifi. You cannot use Skype on iPhone over 3G.

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