AT&T announced today that it “has taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T’s wireless network.”
This is a big deal for companies like Skype, which allows consumers to make free or low-cost calls over an Internet connection. Until now, consumers have complained that they have not been able to use the service on iPhones.
Responding to the FCC’s questions about why Google’s Voice application was not approved for the iPhone, AT&T said it was “taking a fresh look” at Web-enabled phone services on AT&T’s network.
Today’s decision was made after evaluating our customers’ expectations and use of the device compared to dozens of others we offer,” said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T’s Mobility and Consumer Markets division.
AT&T said it notified Apple and the FCC of its decision today.
Yesterday, Vonage announced it’s VoIP service will be available on the iPhone and Blackberry.