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While the world was watching Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil the iPad, voice over IP programs that use AT&T’s 3G network were finally being released for the iPhone. So far iCall and fring have 3G VoIP apps while Skype and Nimbuzz do not.

While the world was watching Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil the iPad, voice-over-IP programs that use AT&T’s 3G network were finally being released for the iPhone. Yesterday iCall sent out a release saying Apple had updated the iPhone software development kit to allow VoIP over AT&T’s cellular network, and tout that it has a working product. Today fring said it has a working VoIP over 3G application on the iPhone. Om checked out Skype and Nimbuzz, but those apps haven’t yet been updated, as you can see from Om’s screenshot.

The tech world has been waiting for the ability to make VoIP calls over the AT&T 3G network ever since after the Federal Communication Commission closed it inquiry into the blocking of the Google Voice application on the iPhone. As a result of the agency’s questioning, it was revealed that AT&T in fact prohibited VoIP on its network, but also that Apple was responsible for blocking Google Voice.

So in October, AT&T said it would allow VoIP over its 3G network. While some doubt that VoIP on the iPhone will be a great experience, some just want to see it happen. For them, yesterday may live in their memory not for the launch of the iPad but because now they can now use VoIP on their beloved iPhones anywhere they have a connection. For more, check out the coverage at The Apple Blog.

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  1. I don’t know how you’re defining VoIP, but I think the way you lump Skype in with Google Voice is misleading. The two are not in any way the same. Google Voice, in order to make a phone call, requires a real phone (cell phone, landline). It can’t just make computer-to-computer calls over a broadband connection. Skype can.

  2. For Now, No Skype on iPhone. An iPad app Soon – GigaOM Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    [...] Om Malik Feb. 3, 2010, 8:29am PST No Comments 0 0 0 0 2 While Apple and AT&T have started allowing VoIP apps on the iPhone to use the 3G data network, it seems like the big kahuna, Skype is staying away from making any [...]

  3. Atleast for Now, No Skype on iPhone via 3G, But an iPad App Coming … « The Apple Blog (WPAutomate Demo) Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    [...] Apple and AT&T have started allowing VoIP apps on the iPhone to use the 3G data network, it seems like the big kahuna, Skype, is staying away from making any [...]

  4. Skype CEO: Skype over 3G on iPhone Soon – GigaOM Thursday, February 18, 2010

    [...] 3G network has caused major consternation amongst the iPhone owners. AT&T and Apple recently allowed VoIP calls over Ma Bell’s 3G wireless network, but Skype has been dragging its [...]

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