Vonage VoIP App Approved by Apple

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Vonage, a digital phone services provider, has put out a brief press release stating that Apple has approved its iPhone app. The app is not yet available in the App Store and Vonage notes that it "is currently conducting a beta test and general availability will be announced at a later date."

    It was revealed just last week that Vonage had submitted an iPhone app to the App Store for approval. The Vonage app will join the Skype app in offering VoIP connectivity to iPhone users and will likely share its Wi-Fi-only restriction. This restriction is required by an agreement with AT&T to not allow customers to use AT&T's network to initiate or terminate VoIP sessions, which was divulged recently in Apple's response to an FCC inquiry surrounding its purported rejection of the Google Voice app.

    Article Link: Vonage VoIP App Approved by Apple
  2. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    "The Vonage app will join the Skype app in offering VoIP connectivity to iPhone users and will likely share its Wi-Fi-only restriction."

    Cool. Makes perfect sense. :apple:

    Power to the Wi-Fi !!!!!!! :cool:
  3. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Little late, but I'm sure a welcome app for many. I just find Skype to meet my needs.....:cool:
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Did anyone see their stock? Up 46% afterhours.

    The power of :apple:
  5. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    how much is it to call landlines or people who don't have skype?
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2007
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2003
    I don't use it much, but I can call landlines in the US from the US via Skpye for free.

    I use Skype for all my 1-800 conference calls during the day. It's actually a more reliable connection that ATT in my home.

  8. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I have vonage for both my home phone and my business line. I am guessing this will work the same as their softphone software which is great news for me. I can get rid of my main line and just pay 9.99 a month for a softline since both my wife and I have iPhones.

    Can't wait to see the features of this. Hopefully Vonage doesn't screw everyone and come out with some stupid plan that requires a home line to get a softline. Looking on their website it looks like new customers have to have the main line to get a softline, but my account still lets me add just a softline without having it tied to my home line.
  9. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    Well, I'm hoping that the app will be able to access the home line, without the need to spend the extra on a softline. We have a home line that it would be nice to be able to tap into from my iPod Touch from time to time when I'm elsewhere...
  10. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    Can you answer your home phone using your iPod Touch (or iPhone) then?
    For example, if you are in your house and your home phone is ringing but the phone is in another room, can you just pick up and answer using your iPod/iPhone?
  11. macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006
    Apple, it's quite stupid to sell 'free' iPhones that can be used with providers that allow voip within their terms of service but then to forbid all applications that would do that.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2007
  13. hsl
    macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2006
    There's also another free SIP/VOIP application so this is not really "new"

    XSPhone, it's developped by a Dutch ISP, but it also works with voip-/sip-buster and all other Telephone providers that offer connection through SIP.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Mar 14, 2003
    Sydney Australia
    It'd be interesting if Apple made a VoIP play on the iPod Touch

    It could be the ultimate in VoIP phones really.

    No-one seems to offer anything like this, though I suspect it's possible.

    Most VoIP providers don't allow your home phones to have multiple separate logins - such that a single number rings 3 or 4 separate VoIP handsets simultaneously. Hosted PBX systems can allow that, and usually lose the cost savings VoIP brings (IMO)!. Home voip systems have started offering multiple cordless handsets connected to a single VoIP base - that's no good for multiple iPhone VoIP apps though.

    But even with the ability to ring both extensions (a home phone AND iPhone app) simultaneously, mostly the iPhone app is switched off. So the VoIP server needs to attempt to ring both extensions, fail on the iPhone but ring the home phone, and then watch to see if the iPhone extension connects in the next 30 seconds (and if so direct the call to it too).

    It's doable, but a little beyond what most programmers seem to do.

    btw: I have to wonder why Skype doesn't offer push calls yet. I presume the push notification isn't quick enough to get the phone to "ring", open the app, and answer the call before the caller has given up. I think VoIP will have to be Apple sanctioned as a background app.
  15. macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006
    I have a 'free' (aka factory-unlocked) iPhone - they sell those in some countries of Europe. So, why should I care wether AT&T likes VOIP on their network, when my carrier allows me to use it?
  16. macrumors 65816

    Mar 14, 2003
    Sydney Australia
    These are other voip apps. Australian prices
    * Weephone SIP $6 – 3.5star (current) 3star (older) Configurable SIP ports.
    * 12Connect Open SIP Softphone: $8 (2star)
    * iMC Client – $9 – Requires probably expensive "Mobile Convergence Controller"... http://www.comdasys.com/Products/FMC/index_html?lang=en
    * iSip (aka SipPhone) $9 (4star current, 3star older) Runs while in sleep mode too.
    * Media5 US ONLY (US$7, A$9) 1.5 star average overall.
    * Acrobits Softphone $10 (4 star current, 3 star older)
    * iPico SIP Client $13 (1.5star)
  17. macrumors 65816

    Mar 14, 2003
    Sydney Australia
    In Australia, Three has a package integrating Skype calls via their mobile network. It'd be nice if they allowed Skype on the iPhone at least!
  18. macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2009
    How do you use Skype to call US Land lines for free? :confused:

  19. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    上海 (Shanghai)
    Skype World unlimited is $99 a year while Vonage Unlimited is $25 a month.
  20. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    do you get a phone number? i was looking at getting rid of Vonage, but it's more expensive to use the cell phone during daytime than for vonage
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    1-800 number are free... even for regular users... I could be wrong, but that's what I got, no subscription, they don't charge me anything for making 1-800 calls.
  22. macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2009
    I have paid for unlimited 3G

    I live in Europe, in a country that should not be under the dictatorship of AT&T/Apple. My operator allows me to use 7.2 Mbit/s without restrictions, also Skype on 3G but I have to jailbreak my device to use this. I suggest that Apple adds an AT&T switch in their firmware to allow the free parts of the world to use the iPhone to its full potential.
  23. macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2009
    This joke is not funny
  24. macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    On Broadvoice, you can configure an incoming call to Ring Simultaneously on multiple U.S. phones.
    As for dialing out with your iPhone, or the incoming call ringing through your home WiFi connection, this isn't in place.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Quoted both for truth and for political irony...

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