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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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.

In the UK (and Europe as a whole), that isn't the case. It costs an operator more for you to make a call to another network than they charge for it. They rely on the cost they charge other operators for inbound calls to make up the difference (and also the cost they may charge you for making calls within the network). So they would be quite happy for you to make no outgoing calls, it is more of a problem for you if you don't receive any calls from other networks. They amounts that they are allowed to charge each other (and land line providers) is set by the regulator. So if anything it is the regulators who is setting back VoIP adoption (to the detriment of the consumer) - not the operators or device manufacturers.

Having said that, VoIP isn't a particularly attractive option for most UK mobile users because of the charges for data. The biggest problem that I see is the mis-match between the 'in allowance' and 'out of allowance' charges. Taking O2's 10GB/Month tariff as an example; In allowance MBs cost 0.3p each. Out of allowance MBs cost 19.6 each. This means that your first 10GB costs £30, your second 10GB costs £1960.

The one exception to the rule is Three. Being much smaller operator than all the others, calls costs them a lot of money. Their users are much more likely to make calls outside of their network, so the more of their users they can get using VoIP the better. They also have the advantage that their entire network is 3G, so their data is always cheap for them.

It is quite ironic that the best our regulators can manage to do is ensure that the rules generally work in favour of the larger operators and always against the consumer.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:

But Google Voice is an in-bound call to the network.

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