[LINK] iPhones, Skype and Net Neutrality

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Mon Apr 6 20:09:06 AEST 2009

On 2009/Apr/06, at 6:37 AM, Michael Still wrote:

> Kim Holburn wrote:
>> On 2009/Apr/05, at 1:24 PM, Ivan Trundle wrote:
>>> Using skype on my iPhone (both wifi AND 3G) works just fine after  
>>> the
>>> jailbreak fix (voipover3g), and is worthwhile with the data pack  
>>> that
>>> I have presently: for almost all calls. Not so good for my skypein
>>> number though, since running skype in the background (again, via
>>> another jailbreak hack) drains the battery too quickly for my  
>>> liking.
>> Being as your iPhone probably doesn't have a firewall, skype might
>> well make you a supernode and that could get a little more expensive,
>> not to mention slow the phone down.  I wonder how long before more
>> phone companies starts doing DPI and banning skype and VOIP.
> Surely Skype's programmers are smart enough to turn off that
> functionality in mobile clients?

If your phone is fast enough and has enough bandwidth, skype will use  
it.  That's how it works.  On the other hand the phone company could,  
if they wanted to, put in a "nearby" supernode to "control" skype.

It does seem to me that skype on the iPhone is definitely disruptive  
technology.  I wonder if or when it will become available for other  
cell phones.  Wait a bit, it already is.

Kim Holburn
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