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On Tuesday, AT&T announced that it will enable voice over IP iPhone apps to run on its wireless network. Previously, as we all know, VoIP apps could only work on a Wi-Fi network. The shift comes as a major change in policy for AT&T. And right after the announcement was made, everyone seemed to have an opinion about it.
Just hours after AT&T notified both Apple and the FCC of its plans, Apple, Skype and others affected by the announcement began responding to the big news from AT&T. According to Macrumors.com:
"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."
All of us at Skype applaud today's announcement by AT&T that it'll open up its 3G network to Internet calling applications such as Skype. It's the right step for AT&T, Apple, millions of mobile Skype users and the Internet itself.
Did AT&T jump on this as a way to get ahead of potentially forthcoming net neutrality legislation? Or does AT&T really see the move as good for business in the long term? The cynic in me sees the former before the latter. But its likely that AT&T and services like Skype will see a renewed interest in the iPhone along with a host of new apps from people who will only now discover a wonderland of possibilities born of this policy shift.
But does this latest news also suggest reason to believe AT&T is angling to extend its iPhone exclusivity agreement with Apple? Could be.