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iPhone Gets VoIP Over GSM & Google Voice

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Apple proclaimed the iPad to be the most important thing it has ever done. Not only do I dispute that, I'd also argue it is the third most important thing it has announced this week...

Grabbing the gold medal is news apple has jumped into the chipset market with the unveiling of the 'A4' chipset - a Snapdragon/Tegra 2 rivalling platform based on an ARM CPU. Silver goes to this: Apple has finally opened up the iPhone to the running of VoIP applications over 3G and EDGE.

The move comes as part of the latest iPhone SDK, and means Apple is happy to endorse third party VoIP products which can be used to make cheaper and non-geographic calls from anywhere, anytime. In the UK progressive telco 3 is the only network to endorse unlimited Skype calls, so this is certainly likely to rock the boat. .

The first app to exploit this new found freedom is called iCall, though it only narrowly beats out Fring which has already adapted its app to offer 3G VoIP and 3G internet calls over a GSM network. Will this most welcome update make it through to the general public? Apple has beta tested it before and not been entirely convinced, but this time I'd say it has legs.

In related news Google has decided to bypass any reservations Apple may have about its VoIP Google Voice web app service (pictured) and instead has launched it as a web app which can be reached at http://www.google.com/mobile/voice/. Being Google the interface looks swift and to the point, though we haven't had any chance to try it out ourselves yet.

Battle royale in chip and software world? Looks like! *rubs hands in excitement*

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