If you remember, AT&T banned VoIP software from the iPhones. This was very strange since it allowed this technology on its other phones. Well, good news! AT&T just announced that it now allows VoIP software for the iPhones and that it will not restrict it in any way. However, there is a little problem. AT&T is considering to allow Google Voice on the iPhone alongside Vonage, Skype, and other less popular applications. The problem is that Google Voice is not a VoIP app.
We think AT&T is under pressure from FCC, which has been scrutinizing them from a while now. Another possible cause for this bending of the rules is the fact that Verizon Wireless has just partnered with Google on its Android program. Verizon will release two new phones with Google Voice included this year. This is a very strong move, which might startle AT&T.
Whatever the cause, the result remains the same: AT&T now allows VoIP for the iPhone. This is good news for all of us. The only question that remains unanswered is “Why did the carrier ban VoIP for Android since it allowed it on all of their phones?” Maybe AT&T will answer this question in the following days. At least we hope it will!