“In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T, exclusive U.S. distributor of the iPhone, says it plans to take a ‘fresh look at possibly authorizing VoIP’ — or Voice over Internet Protocol — ‘capabilities on the iPhone for use on AT&T’s 3G network.’ AT&T added that it would ‘promptly update’ the FCC ‘regarding any such change,’” Cauley reports.
“Such a shift, if it happens, would be a boon for iPhone users. Right now, VoIP services are limited to Wi-Fi, and are not carried on AT&T’s cellular networks. As a result, iPhone users lose any VoIP connection as soon as they’re out of Wi-Fi range,” Cauley reports. “VoIP sends calls over the Internet, not traditional phone networks, enabling users to make free or cheap calls for as long as they want without draining cellphone minutes. That’s why consumers love it — but big carriers like AT&T don’t.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Jack F" for the heads up.]