As a follow up, AT&T has admitted that it struck a deal with Apple to prevent VoIP (Voice over IP – basically sending phone calls over the internet) applications to be deployed to the iPhone in an attempt to protect it’s voice-network profits via the iPhone.
Again, nothing illegal and nothing that the government should prevent. However, I would check my T&C’s if I were an iPhone user and see if such a restriction were disclosed to me. I would also check, if I were an iPhone developer, to see whether Apple disclosed that information as well. I’d hate to invest a ton of money building out an innovative iPhone application that had VoIP potential or real features only to be barred just before or after deploying it.
My take aways from this post are two-fold: First, Apple better be careful how it treads here – scare away the innovators with agreements like this will damage the future potential of the iPhone platform. Second, AT&T needs to get past the voice plan revenues. We’ve already discussed what a farce they are and if that’s so important in this deal, then how well postured is AT&T for the future?
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