AT&T is going to allow VoIP over 3G on the iPhone

Well, geez. First Flash applications, now VoIP? The iPhone is having a pretty good day!

According to AT&T, the telecoms giant has "taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T's wireless network." That means Apple's baby will soon be able to host voice-over-IP apps such as Skype.

It's certainly a surprising move — VoIP calls, traditionally, are unlimited and free — though it does make one wonder. Will VoIP apps look the same as they do on the computer? Only time will tell, but I'm betting AT&T isn't about to bleed business over this. Check out the company's full statement after the jump.

From AT&T:


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.

Via Gizmodo