Last updated: October 7, 2009 - 9:09am
[Commentary] AT&T says it will soon allow Apple's iPhone to make VoIP telephony calls over its 3G network. Up until now, the VoIP apps used the Wi-Fi networks and were prevented from using the 3G connection. Skype and other VoIP providers had complained loudly about AT&T's clampdown. AT&T's capitulation shows that the carriers are losing much of their control over the consumer wireless experience. A big reason for that? Competition in the wireless markets.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "When AT&T indicated, in response to the FCC's inquiry, that it would take another look at permitting VoIP on its 3G network I was encouraged. I commend AT&T's decision to open its network to VoIP. Opening wireless services to greater consumer choice will drive investment and innovation in the mobile marketplace."