[LINK] iPhones, Skype and Net Neutrality

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Sun Apr 5 21:54:18 AEST 2009

I wonder what will happen when travellers from more reasonable  
overseas phone companies roam through Germany using skype like they  
expect to do and get "caught"?

Of course for those German customers, how long will it take someone to  
make a skype proxy app or a VPN app?  Perhaps there are some already.

BTW I love the Lily Tomlin skit mentioned in the link:
> "We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."

On 2009/Apr/05, at 12:35 PM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:

> More on this one from The Register:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/03/deutsche_telekom_blocks_skype/
>> iPhone VOIP tussle heats up
>> Skype vs Deutsche Telekom, AT&T
>> By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco • Get more from this author
>> Posted in Mobile, 3rd April 2009 20:46 GMT
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>> Skype and its allies are fighting back against telcos that disallow  
>> or cripple its voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service.
>> At issue is Deutsche Telekom's edict that customers who use Skype's  
>> free VoIP service on their iPhone will have their internet access  
>> summarily severed and AT&T's refusal to allow Skype to work on its  
>> Edge and 3G networks.
> etc...
> RC
> Chris Maltby wrote:
>>>> On 04/04/2009, at 8:27 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>>>>> So you can get skype for free apparently on your iPhone, at  
>>>>> least in
>>>>> the US.  But there's a catch, you can only use it on a wifi LAN,  
>>>>> not
>>>>> on the wireless data network, 3G or whatever.
>>> Ivan Trundle wrote:
>>>> Not so. Skype for iPhone has been downloaded over 2 million times
>>>> since it was placed on the app store (a record?).
>>>> And there is no catch for a jailbroken iPhone: a tiny download  
>>>> fixes
>>>> it instantly.
>> On Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 05:49:50PM +1000, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>>> The catch is that it only use the iPhone WiFi connection, not the  
>>> cellular
>>> connection.
>> It's not clear that you'd want to use skype over the mobile network's
>> data channel as the data charges would be higher than the equivalent
>> voice charges.
>> Chris

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