Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
BTW, a new front in the price wars in the US opened at New Years. Price is The killer app, I say. Anyway, as you all know, Apple's loosening its grip on exclusive borrowed-interest strategies in markets around the world, e.g. AT&T, Vodaphone installed subscribers. This is a good thing... if Apple management truly expects to shed the tacky, faintly MSFT wardrobe acquired in recent years.

Oct 5, 2009: "The free application, Vonage Mobile, is available now for Research In Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) BlackBerry devices and Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhones and iPod Touches. The app is designed to allows users to place low-cost international calls over Wi-Fi and cellular voice networks.... 'When developing Vonage Mobile, we focused on creating a more convenient alternative for customers who use calling cards or Wi-Fi-only applications," said Mike Tempora, senior vice president of product management for Vonage, in a statement. "Vonage Mobile is easy to get and use, and gives customers the best possible calling experience from a trusted provider.'

News of Vonage Mobile comes at a time when Apple's decision to keep the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Voice mobile app out of its App Store continues to spark controversy after an investigation by the FCC."

I noticed a Vonage calling plan tv spot with great interest the other day. That same evening, incidentally, carriers AT&T and Verizon, advertised 30% discounts on their respective entry-level, ersatz 3G plans.

30 Jan 2010: "Now, the new iPad/iPhone SDK, whose launch coincided with that of the new Apple tablet, has at last made good on this promise, reportedly opening up VoIP over 3G.  The company that broke the news, iCall, now has an updated app available that works with 3G.

ICall CEO Arlo Gilbert cheered the news, stating, "I applaud Apple's decision to allow iCall to extend its functionality beyond Wi-Fi and onto the 3G networks. This heralds a new era for VoIP applications on mobile platforms, especially for iCall and our free calling model. I hope that now more developers will begin using our VoIP as a platform to integrate VoIP into their applications."

Why is VoIP on the iPhone so promising?  Currently, iPhone voice plans from AT&T (in the U.S.) range from $39.99 for up to 450 minutes to $199.99 for up to 6000 minutes.  However, there's a single flat rate $30 fee tacked on for data.  Coupled with Google Voice (which gives you free SMS) you could now use your VoIP apps to cut your monthly bill to around $79.99 a month with unlimited SMS texts and local and long distance calls (sans MMS texts). Of course, fees will likely inflate that figure slightly. [Source: AT&T]"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 02:26:43 PM EST

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