AT&T announced today that they’ll be enabling the use of VOIP on their 3G network specifically for the iPhone.
Skype was extremely excited
to hear the news given that 10% of all iPhone and iPod touch users have downloaded the Skype application.
The announcement was initially released by AT&T in an FCC filing, soon to be published, explaining that they will open their 3G network to internet calling applications, including Skype.
It should be interesting to see where this leaves the much debated Google Voice application, rejected from the Apple App store earlier this year. While AT&T’s decision isn’t as sustainable as a government policy, it should put significant pressure on other carriers to allow similar network access.
You can find a PDF of the filing here, as well as a link to the AT&T press release .