View Poll Results: Should Apple Allow Tethering apps or VOIP over 3G apps?

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  • Yes. Apple should allow tethering for the whole world

    11 100.00%
  • No, for the whole world

    0 0%
  • No for US if AT&T refuses.

    0 0%
  • What is tethering/VOIP?

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  1. Mugunth's Avatar
    Well agreed that AT&T does not like people using their 3G network. But why should Apple penalize people living outside US? iPhone is available in Europe, Asia and Australia where 3G is quite dominant. I'm using my 3G iPhone in Singapore's SingTel network and they offer me 50GB of free data @ 1Mbps for a paltry 22.42 S$ (15 USD).

    Checkout Singtel website as I'm not able to post links...

    50 GB is useless unless I'm able to tether it to my PC. Moreover, a 512 Kbps broadband is free for access throughout the island (important shopping malls, MRT stations and so on) except for some remote areas.

    Apple could allow apps like NetShare in stores outside US if AT&T does not like. Why should I be penalized when AT&T does not like tethering/VOIP?
    09-30-2008 11:02 AM
  2. dlai's Avatar
    Just jailbreak your phone and use PDAnet. Problem solved...
    09-30-2008 02:55 PM
  3. Reaktor5's Avatar
    There already is a VOIP client up called 'Truphone'. But I won't be satisfied until Skype comes out with an app.
    09-30-2008 05:44 PM
  4. taylorh's Avatar
    I don't see why Apple has to restrict these apps. Windows mobile comes with multiple ways to tether built in. AT&T even has online tutorials to teach you how to do it.
    Many phones do this out of the box for that matter.

    Why is the iPHone suddenly different?
    09-30-2008 05:45 PM
  5. taylorh's Avatar
    There already is a VOIP client up called 'Truphone'. But I won't be satisfied until Skype comes out with an app.
    Truephone is awesome. But it only lets you place outgoing calls, and only works over wifi. So it's half useful
    09-30-2008 05:46 PM
  6. Reaktor5's Avatar
    Well I doubt AT&T will allow that to happen over the cell network. I'd just wait for someone else to develop a better client.
    09-30-2008 05:48 PM
  7. mikecc's Avatar
    AT&T's network simply can't handle that much data even only a fraction of iPhone users decide to do tethering. People who have iPhones are generally using data intensive apps. If 3g tethering is allowed I will completely ditch DSL and hook up my laptop with iPhone all the time.
    09-30-2008 08:09 PM
  8. Voltaic Shock's Avatar
    Why could they handle it on the slower network but not the new 3G? Is it because they don't have enough towers in place and the proper infrastructure?
    10-01-2008 08:30 AM
  9. Unchewable's Avatar
    i think At&t is just afraid of the load the massive amount of iphone users would put on the network. When iphone first came out it hit the data side of the network pretty hard. when the 3g came out there seemed to be less publicized issues with data throughput and now that they got things squared away they dont want a 3rd big hit to the network.
    10-01-2008 10:28 AM
  10. Mugunth's Avatar
    AT&T's network simply can't handle that much data even only a fraction of iPhone users decide to do tethering. People who have iPhones are generally using data intensive apps. If 3g tethering is allowed I will completely ditch DSL and hook up my laptop with iPhone all the time.
    If AT&T is afraid why not sell tethering or VOIP app in AppStores in other countries?
    For example for some strange reasons Google App is not available in Singapore Store... Apple has the architecture to sell/ban apps in chosen countries...
    10-01-2008 10:41 AM
  11. Reaktor5's Avatar
    They already have tethering plans for other phones so I don't think it's due to their network. They just haven't found a way to charge iPhone users for it yet.
    10-01-2008 11:26 AM
  12. taylorh's Avatar
    They haven't found a way to charge the other smart phone users for it yet. It can still be done on the wrong plan with any phone.
    It's just the sheer number of iPhone users that they're worried about, I think.

    I don't know why Apple doesn't just allow the apps and let AT&T do the enforcement.

    Or fine, make an app, but require it to use the isp.cingular APN which isn't included int he iPhone plan. Make people buy the data connect plan which has isp.cingular. Lock down the app so you can't change it on AT&T.

    Well I jailbroke my iPhone 3G mainly to get iPhonePodcaster , an app Apple rejected and caused controversy. It just released on the jailbroken app store (Cydia.) It really is unbelievably easy and essentially ***** proof now. I have PDANet and it works great for tethering.

    So they're simply forcing people to do things on the black market without collecting their fees.

    If AT&T was smart, they'd offer an iPhone tether plan for $45 or something reasonable (no $60.) They'd get a LOT of people to take it if they could enforce it. At $60, people will just find a way to get around the ridiculous cost. Ridiculous since it's now limited to 5GB.
    Last edited by taylorh; 10-01-2008 at 07:14 PM.
    10-01-2008 07:11 PM
  13. Reaktor5's Avatar
    Fring Enables VoIP Calls Over WiFi for iPhone with Skype Support - Mac Rumors

    "VoIP Calls Over WiFi for iPhone with Skype Support"

    Woo! And the app is free!
    10-03-2008 05:16 PM
  14. taylorh's Avatar
    Fring Enables VoIP Calls Over WiFi for iPhone with Skype Support - Mac Rumors

    "VoIP Calls Over WiFi for iPhone with Skype Support"

    Woo! And the app is free!
    Schweeeet!
    But has anyone been able to get it yet?
    I can't find it in the app store and the links To it in the app store come up as invalid URLs.
    10-03-2008 05:48 PM
  15. Reaktor5's Avatar
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M...290948830&mt=8

    Here you go. It's so new that it's not showing up in the App Store yet I think. I have it on my phone but haven't been able to call out to anyone on my friend's list. I only have one friend on it and she's at work.
    10-03-2008 05:56 PM
  16. taylorh's Avatar
    Awesome! Thanks! That worked.
    It'll be cool if I can get it to work with my SIP account at work in addition to Skype.
    10-03-2008 06:05 PM
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