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iPhone Gets VoIP Over GSM & Google Voice

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iPhone Gets VoIP Over GSM & Google Voice

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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via PR Newswire

Ala Miah

January 29, 2010, 2:29 pm

Could 600mins for £25.00 pounds a month be a thing of the past?





I think so

mobies

January 29, 2010, 2:40 pm

Google voice is still only avalible in the US.


Am i missing something here?

skinner

January 29, 2010, 4:07 pm

Still not available in the UK...

BOFH UK

January 29, 2010, 7:53 pm

Hmm, expect this to speed up the introduction of tierd pricing for data access. And I can sorta see why as well, if you've got users chomping through several gigs of data every month it's not economical to support 'em without additional cost.





Personally, I currently like the MiFi PAYG setup from 3. 7Gb for £25, never expires and I can share that data with every wireless device I have and, based on current useage, I'd get at least 6 months out of that much data. The device itself is small, charges from a standard mini-USB plug and seems both reliable and sturdy. Really think it's the way to go for mobile data, certainly I'd prefer to have my current setup of a £10 a month mobile contract and basic handset (with a battery life in weeks not hours) and MiFi for data access than a £35 a month (or more) contract on a top end smartphone.

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