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    Erica Sadun reports that hacker eok has successfully ported SvSIP (a VOIP solution using the SIP protocol, written by Samuel) to the iPod Touch. This is a big step! Of course this means iPhone as well, if not with the exact same version, perhaps a slightly modified one.

    AT&T won't be too happy about this one... VOIP will allow unlimited calls while on WiFi. Of course, this is still in development, so a polished app is a bit off, depending on how quick they work on it, but this is a huge step.


    TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: VOIP on iPod Touch started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. jphone's Avatar
      jphone -
      so would i be able to call to vietnam for free also? I've been looking into this but seems like all the voip services still charge u a monthly fee but if this is on the iphone that means i won't get charged n e thing to call back to vietnam huh? This will be a great release
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Any cost? I know you have to pay for things like Skype (some of it), so who would host this service?
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Could this be another nail in the AT&T coffin?????? How cool is that!
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      I would definitely use this. Ha ha in your FACE Apple, O2 and AT&T!
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Meaning you really could turn an iPod Touch into an iPhone, that would be pretty cool...
    1. wePhone's Avatar
      wePhone -
      I'd be an Wi-FiPhone.

      I get credit if that's the name.
    1. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      So Tite!!!!!
    1. aziatiklover's Avatar
      aziatiklover -
      awesome news I can't wait to use it with my skype account
    1. runningwild's Avatar
      runningwild -
      I believe the current holdup is "mass" development of the microphone. MRN over at http://touchmods.blog.com/ has been looking for makers for each city supposedly.
    1. Ric-O's Avatar
      Ric-O -
      GRREATTTT! This will even make Iphone the most powerful of all cellphone/pda...
      3 Cheers for "EOK" hep hep!!! hoooray.... hep hep!!! hooooray.... hep hep hooorayyyy....Thanks for the report Erica
    1. young harlem's Avatar
      young harlem -
      ok quick questions...will i need a skype or vbuzzer account??cuz if so that just means another bill on top of my current one..and if not then this will just let me dial out when im in wifi with my regular number from at&t? for free?
    1. bensen's Avatar
      bensen -
      how can i use that voip now? any install readme?
    1. mrbones123185's Avatar
      mrbones123185 -
      damn thats cool more rollover mins here i come
    1. aperley's Avatar
      aperley -
      Let me clarify some things out. We are talking about the iPhone implementation of the SIP protocol here. Think about SIP as a Jabber for VoIP - it's an open protocol used by a number of providers, which will require you to register an account with them. A lot of them provide a free or ultra-cheap option for local calls, but I never heard about any of those providing ubiquitous free international calls. It's not gonna be like you just call somewhere when you are at Wi-Fi hotspot and it's free (so don't get too excited) - you rather use special app to access you account and make a call from under your account. In most cases it's cheaper than common cell carriers' rates though.
      Do not confuse this with Skype. Skype uses a proprietary commercial protocol for VoIP instead of open SIP. You will notbe able to use the solution discussed here with your Skype account. To make this possible, Skype needs to make their own client app for iPhone. Which, I bet, will happen shortly after the release of iPhone/iTouch SDK in February. Skype makes the client app for such device as Nokia Internet Tablet - they are not going to ignore such platform as iPhone, which is far more popular and widespread than the Nokia's device.
    1. iphonerox's Avatar
      iphonerox -
      ^ way to be a party pooper
      jk, thanks for the insight
    1. gastonm's Avatar
      gastonm -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphonerox View Post
      ^ way to be a party pooper
      jk, thanks for the insight
      I agree thanks for the insight! Sounded good though, maybe it is still beneficial.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Quote Originally Posted by karim7 View Post
      what does this mean?
      This is huge, my man.. It basically means that iTouch owners will be able to make (and receive I'm guessing) phone calls from it. And I suppose on th iPhone if you have unlocked WiFi but not activated the phone portion ...even better

      God I love this site
    1. j3wbagell's Avatar
      j3wbagell -
      this is awesome seeing as most people have wifi in their homes this will save tons of minutes for me as i do not have a home phone
    1. RC_OZ's Avatar
      RC_OZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by aperley View Post
      I never heard about any of those providing ubiquitous free international calls.
      Free no but pennies a minute yes. bunch of them out there.
    1. rodeeze's Avatar
      rodeeze -
      I would rather them take the time to make a really good app! Then to just spit out the beta. I'm seriously amazed at the rate of difficult apps being announced and pumped out.. i can only imagine for the next few years.