AT&T has changed course,and will allow iPhone users to make VoIP phone calls over its cellular-wireless network Previously, those who used Apple’s smartphone were restricted to using VoIP over Wi-Fi.
This decision comes as the FCC is looking into “net neutrality” — examining whether wireless carriers are too restrictive on what they let their customers do with their mobile phones.
The carriers have argued in the past that they have to put some restrictions on what users do, as there is a limited amount of bandwidth available.
AT&T has informed Apple Inc. and the FCC of its decision, and a new version of the VoIP software Skype for the iPhone that can make calls over AT&T’s data network will likely be released in the near future.
The statement from the company on this issue also pointed out the other ways this carrier is open.
While it had previously prevented iPhone users from making Skype calls over its network, other smartphones have been able to do so.
In addition, AT&T allows its customers to buy unlocked GSM pones and use them on its network.