AT&T has changed their mind about disallowing iPhone VoIP applications. Now VoIP applications will be able to run on AT&T’s 3G network. This includes Vonage and Skype. Before Skype and Vonage were only allowed to operate on WiFi hotspots. This limits where you can use the applications.
One of the reasons why AT&T may have decided to let down their guard is because the FCC is investigating why Google Voice has been rejected multiple times. Will this make it more likely for Google Voice to be approved? Nope.
Apple did not reject Google Voice for VoIP reasons, but because it “appears to alter the iPhone?s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone?s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail.”
Will AT&T end up paying less? Perhaps the telecommunications company will require customers to have minimum contracts to make sure that they don’t lose too much money from allowing VoIP services.