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Apple approves Vonage's iPhone VoIP app

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Tue September 1, 2009

Apple Yes to Vonage iPhone

Vonage today said that Apple has approved its iPhone VoIP app. The company doesn't have details of when it expects the software to reach the App Store but says it's already conducting a beta test of the software. It's expected that Internet calling will only work over Wi-Fi, however, due to policies from AT&T and some other carriers that bar VoIP on 3G due to lag and other claimed quality issues.

The approval hushes some early fears about the fate of Vonage on the iPhone and iPod touch based on the FCC's ongoing investigation into the rejection of the Google Voice app. While AT&T has made clear it doesn't yet allow VoIP calls and that a phone routing service like Google Voice is allowed, Apple has expressed concern over these apps both because of its uncertainty and because it wants to discourage replicating iPhone features like the built-in dialer and messaging apps.

VoIP has existed on the App Store for some time but has been limited mostly to services that don't usually have a real-world phone service, such as Skype. Vonage usually requires an adapter or router that bridges a traditional landline phone to the customer's existing Internet access and only allows calls between phone numbers, not online contacts.



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  1. HappyChapSteve

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    Blow for Skype?

    Well, I wish Skype was available on the iPhone in Canada! This might be a blow for Skype if Vonage can at least make Vonage to Vonage calls for free, and charge only for Vonage to regular landlines & cell phones.

  1. HappyChapSteve

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    Blow for Skype?

    Well, I wish Skype was available on the iPhone in Canada! This might be a blow for Skype if Vonage can at least make Vonage to Vonage calls for free, and charge only for Vonage to regular landlines & cell phones.

  1. code4fun

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    Joined: Jul 2008

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    lame reasons

    People are already using their mobile handsets for video. They claim high speed connections. Well, VoIP doesn't require that much bandwidth. Certainly not as demanding as video in this case. You add ADPCM compression and use even less. C'mon carriers. We're already paying for the pipe. Let people use it.

  1. MacShack

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    Joined: Sep 2009

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    voip over 3G is doable

    I don't know about any other networks. Though I believe that the network we have here in the Netherlands is not an exception. I was one time tethering via my iphone on my laptop. I received a skype call. It worked perfectly fine. Then the person on the other end switched on the camera. That too worked fine. Sure some drops here and there. But I didn't expect it to be so smooth. So I don't think it is an operator issue. Also t-mobile in the netherlands communicated that it has absolutely no problem with skype calls over 3G. I wonder when Apple will look into this and not put it as a international but as a national limitation.

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