Apple Lifts 3G Voice Restrictions

Updated: January 07, 2011

Owning an iPhone just got a lot smarter if you call internationally a great deal. Up until now Apple has blocked VoIP services from using the 3G cellular network to make calls, instead restricting them to wifi only.

That has all changed and all the major VoIP players are rushing 3G support into their applications. Skype has not yet annouced its version - but it can't be long. If they are smart they are looking hard at supporting video calling somehow using the video camera in the latest iPhone. Apple rolled out this change at the same time as the big hoopla around the new iPad, but it is a huge change and one that will open up the way to some very interesting VoIP apps for the iPhone.

If they aren't already available, you can expect to see apps roll out from iCall, Fring, Truphone, Skype, Numbuzz, Agito and others.

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