Apple to Allow VoIP Over Wi-Fi

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Click to viewIf someone develops a VoIP program for the iPhone, Apple will only prevent it from making calls over a cell network to protect poor little AT&T. If you're in a Wi-Fi hotspot, however, go nuts. This opens up a pretty big door for developers to make some sweet programs that'll save you quite a few cell minutes. Basically, it'll allow all iPhone users to have what T Mobile offers with its @Home program but without the monthly fee, at least as soon as someone writes the program. This is gonna be huge. [live.gizmodo.com]

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i think this is a big step in the right direction by apple, but really, some of this stuff should have been released initially with the iphone. if you're going to push something as an enterprise device and then not release it with wpa2 encryption, the ability to use certs, and no vpn capabilities, no exchange synch, etc., then you are shooting yourselves in the foot. the lack of 3g data doesn't help either, but being able to use enterprise wifi can help make up for that. so kudos to apple for waking up to that. personally i can overlook the non-swappable battery and non-removable sim card (still annoying though), but no 3g? forget it. the fact that people keep saying "edge is good enough" just continues to prove what a ghetto country the u.s. is in terms of a cellular system. and speaking of data, the fact that you can't tether an iphone to a laptop is a pretty big drawback for business too.

but anyway, as i said this is a good move in the right direction. i think the iphone is a great device with huge potential, but it's just not ready for me yet. maybe by the end of this year or next year.