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  • Apple Approves 3G VoiP App : iPad To Support 3G VoiP Calling?


    It appears Apple has officially lifted their ban on apps that make VoIP calls over 3G! Just as they leaked the iPhone 3.2 OS to Devs, they also approve an update to an app called iCall. iCall for the iPhone & iPod is a new product that lets you make and receive free (or low-cost) phone calls anywhere you have a 3G or WiFi access. The application, dubbed iCall, is the only one in the Apple App Store at this current moment that can allow for VoIP over 3G connections.

    Apple’s newly announced iPad will be able to run AppStore Apps, have 3G Capability, Wi-Fi, a microphone, and speaker. Seems like an efficient set of hardware to make 3G VoiP calls to me. If this is the case, use iPhone users can pretty much say we have iPad Nanos. With iCall now being available, it's only conceivable that the iPad may have the ability to make and receive phone calls regardless of not being a phone.

    The updated version of iCall is available now in the AppStore for FREE.

    Apple Lifts 3G VoIP Restrictions, iCall with 3G Support Available Immediately

    iCall VoIP services for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch are now available for use over 3G networks such as AT&T wireless.

    GREENWICH, Conn., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Apple Computer, Inc. has updated the iPhone developer SDK to allow VoIP over cellular networks. iCall is the first and only VoIP application that functions on the iPhone and iPod Touch over cellular 3G networks.

    ...Until today, restrictions imposed on developers prohibited VoIP functionality on any 3G network.

    VoIP on the iPhone has been the source of many debates with companies such as Google being denied access to the platform and the FCC inquiring as to the restrictions in the Apple App Store; iCall is one of the few VoIP applications that has been permitted by Apple to operate on the iPhone platform.

    With the latest revisions Apple has made to the iPhone developer agreement and Software Development Kit, iCall for the iPhone and iPod Touch now enabled unrestricted free local and long distance calling over 3G data networks. iCall with support for VoIP over 3G networks is now available in the App Store for download. iCall is the first and only VoIP application available for the iPhone platform that allows use over 3G networks. iCall for the iPhone and iPod Touch may now be downloaded from the App Store here.

    iCall CEO Arlo Gilbert is quoted as saying, “I applaud Apple’s decision to allow iCall to extend its functionality beyond Wi-Fi and onto the 3G networks. This heralds a new era for VoIP applications on mobile platforms, especially for iCall and our free calling model. I hope that now more developers will begin using our VoIP as a platform to integrate VoIP into their applications.”
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Approves 3G VoiP App : iPad To Support 3G VoiP Calling? started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i dont like paying more money than i have to
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by djarben View Post
      Do some research mate,even if you buy pay us you service you still get it for free as well as msn , i have been using it for 5 months now, payment plan is £10 a month, Look like you have been ripped off by ur provider
      Three is such an appalling network that they throw it in for free and charge peanuts and still can't get customers - those they do get leave very quickly. I rang them last week to cancel the only contract I had with them. Having tried them on and off since 2003 it will take a lot more than free VoIP to tempt me back.
      I was referring to the real networks in the UK not Three.
    1. helloitstee's Avatar
      helloitstee -
      I have an idea why they did allow iCall to become the only exclusive VoIP provider on 3G Network for the iPhone. They are planning to set some sort of plan with the iPad since it will be capable of running on 3G networks. If that is true, then Apple is using iCall as a way to market their newly formed iPads and when that happens their profit growth in iPads will rise overtime. This is my guess for the reason why iCall was allowed to let their application run on 3G networks.