Several months after the FCC’s announcement that they were planning to extend Internet openness rules to include mobile networks, Apple has proclaimed voice over IP capabilities on both the iPhone and the latest iPad – and over the 3G network. This announcement comes as a significant leap in the right direction, previously voice over IP was predominately only available on a WiFi network. At least as it related to mobile voice over IP.
While many carriers are not thrilled about Apples decision to permit VoIP over 3G technology of the Apple iPad, due mainly to the fact that it will result in consumers pay less money for cell phone usage, the FCC is so confident that they have strict regulations in place forbidding carriers from punishing mobile subscribers for taking advantage of VoIP over 3G.
Outside of a VoIP over 3G application, the only hardware requirements of deploying voice over IP on the 3G network are the Apple iPad WiFi, a headphone and a microphone; a wireless ear bud (or blue tooth headset) being the hardware of choice.
Using voice over 3G allows VoIP calls to made from any location that has a strong 3G signal and potentially allows iPad or iPhone users to save their monthly allotted minutes. This means that cell phone users are now able to choose cheaper monthly plans, without having to worry about being billed extra for talking more than their minute plan allows.
Currently the number of VoIP providers with iPad applications are limited, and most of the free options involve call time restrictions and voice advertisements, but several providers are lining up to create new and exciting VoIP over 3G applications that can be downloaded and installed on the iPad.
VoIP 3G means great things for the business world. Many businesses forged mobile VoIP for the simple fact that Executives on the go preferred their iPhones to other mobile phones. At the time, VoIP was not an option outside of WiFi locations. VoIP 3G technology allows professionals to keep the phone they love, and still reap the benefits of voice over IP calling.