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AT&T Allows VoIP Over Network, Confirms with Apple, FCC

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The post title is completely correct. AT&T is now allowing VoIP apps to utilize their full potential over AT&T’s 3G network. Here’s their full press release:

DALLAS, October 6, 2009 – AT&T* today announced it has taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T’s wireless network. Previously, VoIP applications on iPhone were enabled for Wi-Fi connectivity. For some time, AT&T has offered a variety of other wireless devices that enable VoIP applications on 3G, 2G and Wi-Fi networks. AT&T this afternoon informed Apple Inc. and the FCC of its decision.

In late summer, AT&T said it was taking a fresh look at VoIP capabilities on iPhone for use on AT&T’s 3G network, consistent with its regular review of device features and capabilities to ensure attractive options for consumers.

“iPhone is an innovative device that dramatically changed the game in wireless when it was introduced just two years ago,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets. “Today’s decision was made after evaluating our customers’ expectations and use of the device compared to dozens of others we offer.”

AT&T allows customers to download or launch on their wireless devices a multitude of compatible applications directly from any lawful Internet website. Additionally, because AT&T uses GSM technology, the most pervasive and open wireless technology platform in the world, we support customers using any GSM phone that works on AT&T’s frequencies.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Apple & AT&T On GoogleVoice App Rejection

Let’s get some things out of the way first. AT&T and Apple both agreed that Apple would not enable VoIP calls without first obtaining AT&T’s permission. Now let’s start the story.

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Apple has not even rejected the Google ┬áVoice app yet. They are still studying it for approval because “the application does not use the given interface, does not take advantage of visual voicemail, messaging, and in addition the iPhone user’s entire contacts database is transferred to Google’s servers and Apple has yet to obtain any assurances from Google that this data will only be used in appropriate ways.

(They’ve also let an insight into the app approval process: There are merely 40 full-time reviewers for those thousands of apps, and at least two of them must review each app. Apps that might have a problem are escalated to an executive review board that meets “weekly.” Even with these constraints, Apple says 95 percent of apps make it through the review process within 2 weeks. 20 percent of them are rejected.)

Apple’s also stating that AT&T had no part in the app’s pending approval, and AT&T has said the same (even though the contract practically states NO VoIP over 3G which is pretty much what Google Voice on iPhone is.

AT&T is trying to clear the dirty air around them with Apple taking most of the blame, but have we already forgotten the lack of MMS from AT&T? Keep in mind it’s as easy as flipping a switch on every iPhone user’s accounts to enable MMS.

Apple’s and AT&T’s press release is REALLY long, so I won’t even bother posting those.

Sony Fooled Us All with Clever FCC Name Trick

Did you notice how there was almost no real upwind of the new PS3 Slim? There was no verification, no spy shots (the kid in asia didn’t count), and no FCC filing found? Well, that would be because Sony is one sneaky company!

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That’s right, they used the pseudonym “Sand Dollar Enterprise, INC. ┬áto fool us all. However, the tricks over now, and 150GB models as well as 250GB models have been found. Expect higher prices, but we still had to recognize Sony for their little trick.

FCC Challenges Apple, AT&T on Google Rejection

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That’s right, the FCC has officially sent out letters to Apple, AT&T, and Google addressing the issue of the Google Voice app rejection. It seems like this is some serious stuff, and we have no word yet on any companies response. Here’s how each letter starts out:

Recent press reports indicate that Apple has declined to approve the Google Voice application for the iPhone and has removed related (and previously approved) third-party applications from the iPhone App Store. In light of pending FCC proceedings regarding wireless open access (RM-11361) and handset exclusivity (RM-11497), we are interested in a more complete understanding of this situation.

To that end, please provide answers to the following questions by close of business on Friday, August 21, 2009.

Tech Crunch has all 3 letters, in their entirety, and every single question goes into great detail. It’s an intresting read if your Kindle is on the fritz and is deleting all your books.

[Read the Letters @ TechCrunch]