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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It's Simple Really
by segedunum on Tue 28th Jul 2009 10:53 UTC
segedunum
Member since:
2005-07-06

VoIP and SIP (any voice over a network basically), especially over any free WiFi network, SERIOUSLY and FUNDAMENTALLY threatens the current mobile operator status quo and their license to print money. As Apple currently relies on those operators the this was always going to get rejected.

It's just a matter of time though.

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RE: It's Simple Really
by slight on Tue 28th Jul 2009 11:59 in reply to "It's Simple Really"
slight Member since:
2006-09-10

While there's doubtless pressure on Apple from the networks, it's not enough to explain the situation. I can run SIP and Skype (not limited to wifi) on my Windows mobile phone with no problem. I suspect the same is true of Android.

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RE[2]: It's Simple Really
by segedunum on Tue 28th Jul 2009 12:50 in reply to "RE: It's Simple Really"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

The biggest problem with Google Voice is that it strategically terrifies the operators because it crosses over firmly into their territory. Google have the ability to make calls and texts (you can send free SMS messages) fundamentally cheaper forever and it encourages you to use your Google Voice number as opposed to your AT&T one, effectively disabling your relationship with AT&T. If it's cheaper then guess what people are going to use?

The latter was probably the real killer as it puts Apple's premium from AT&T at risk and the ending of the SMS cash cow in particular has them really worried.

Edited 2009-07-28 12:52 UTC

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RE: It's Simple Really - still paid for
by jabbotts on Tue 28th Jul 2009 13:17 in reply to "It's Simple Really"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

A few people have made that same point so I have to ask, isn't that VOIP time still paid for? Transferring data over the 3G network is not a free service so the parasite.. er.. service providers are still getting paid for one's use of VOIP when not on a wifi connection.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

It's a lack of control. Google Voice encourages you to use your GV number but it's probably the prospect of free text messaging that is spooking them the most.

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daveak Member since:
2008-12-29

Not if your plan includes unlimited data.

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