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AT&T-iPhone Voice Monopoly Bypassed

By opening up the iPhone to 3rd party applications, Apple may have inadvertently created new competition for its infrastructure partner, AT&T. Frequent Viodi View sponsor, 8×8, Inc’s Packet8 MobileTalk application is now available for the iPhone.  Not yet available in the Apple App Store, the software to enable the service (it also works on other smart phones) may be obtained directly at the Packet8 web site.     

I haven’t had a chance to review the service first hand yet, but  the documentation suggests the MobileTalk application automatically redirects international calls to the Packet8 VoIP network. Packet8’s international calling rates are much lower than those of AT&T. Of course, the caller still has to pay the minimum $69.99 per month for the privilege of using the iPhone.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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