Apple, Skype React to AT&T’s Recent Support for iPhone VoIP
Following AT&T’s recent announcement that the carrier will now allow iPhone Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services over its mobile network, Apple and VoIP provider Skype have issued public statements reacting to today’s announcement. Per the Associated Press, Apple announced that “We are very happy that AT&T is now supporting VOIP applications,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. “We will be amending our developer agreements to get VOIP apps on the App Store and in customers’ hands as soon as possible.”
Skype president Josh Silverman also applauded the move, as the company will now be able to expand the usability of its iPhone application, which has been limited to Wi-Fi access only for VoIP services.
AT&T’s recent change in policy (detailed here in an FCC filing) will open up its 3G network to Internet calling applications such as Skype.
Silverman noted, however, that the company still hopes to see government policies enacted to provide for the openness necessary for Skype to be available throughout the industry.