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mtfield

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have you guys seen this icall application that is currently being worked on for release with the app store? http://www.icall.com/iphone/ as someone who uses their iphone as a home as well as mobile this could save me soo much money! can't wait for this one!
 

SFStateStudent

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Aug 28, 2007
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have you guys seen this icall application that is currently being worked on for release with the app store? http://www.icall.com/iphone/ as someone who uses their iphone as a home as well as mobile this could save me soo much money! can't wait for this one!

Interesting, but how far down the road are we talking? Keep us advised. In the meantime, I've been using magicjack.com at $20 per year, it works really well with my BlackBook. :cool:
 

Xcolored

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Oct 31, 2007
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iCall was misspelled in the first paragraph. Was spelled iCal. Looks sweet though.
 

ProstheticHead

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Jun 15, 2007
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Seattle, WA
Now if only some nice tech company (Griffin, I'm looking at you) would kindly design an adapter which would allow us to use our iPod touches as VOIP phones. :D
 

diehardmacfan

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Mar 12, 2007
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i live in greenwich, ct. thats so cool, i've been to that starbucks
that app is great, i would buy it
 

bacaramac

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Dec 29, 2007
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Looks like the wife is getting an iPhone now. We can cancel Vonage and drop our cell plan down to a cheaper one. Our new house doesn't pick-up the best AT&T signal so this will be great.
 

Doctor Q

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Sep 19, 2002
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This is a very clever app. It's interesting that it's within what Apple (and their partner AT&T) permit.

The video is hard to listen to. Is that a baby crying in the background or somebody being attacked? Or tickled?
 

macduke

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Jun 27, 2007
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DO WANT. This is great...wonder how much it will cost? I'm new to the whole VOIP thing. Does it work with Skype? Or does the other person have to use an iPhone with iCall also? I'll assume not?
 

iwantmy3giphone

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Jun 6, 2008
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This app looks amazing. I would definitely download this for my iphone. Anytime I'm at home, I wouldn't have to burn through my minutes. Awesome looking app.

Is it going to be free to download from the apple app store?
 

Elsewhere

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May 20, 2008
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I have been waiting for a technology like this for YEARS.

The cell phone companies are going to **** a brick!

Once there is widespread (free or very inexpensive) wireless Internet, why would anyone even think about subscribing to any cell phone service?
 

Mr. Giver '94

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Jun 2, 2008
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This app has great potential. Does the iPhone you use it on need to be unlocked??, because I don't feel comfortable unlocking/jailbreaking my iPhone when I get one after WWDC. :D Besides, I already have ATT, so there is no real bennefit for me to unlock it...
 

iansilv

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Jun 2, 2007
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Hole Lee Cowe! OK- I can't wait for the setting "If wifi has 3 bars, auto transfer calls from cell network? (yes or no)
 

poppe

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Apr 29, 2006
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This app has great potential. Does the iPhone you use it on need to be unlocked??, because I don't feel comfortable unlocking/jailbreaking my iPhone when I get one after WWDC. :D Besides, I already have ATT, so there is no real bennefit for me to unlock it...

This will work on the iPhone 2.0 software. It is not a Jailbroken phone. If you read the FAQ at the bottom of the video, it explains that this will be a native app when the iPhone applications are released.
 

miltos

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Jun 6, 2008
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Yes, but ...

I have to think AT&T would try to stop this app from getting into the app store. The current iPhone plan is a flat rate for a selected number of voice limits. With free VOIP calling I could easily go with the lowest cost plan. This would cut directly into AT&T revenue, and I can't imagine they'll take it lying down. But, no doubt the awesome geniuses out there in the tech community will figure out a way to help us make it all work :)
 

iansilv

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Jun 2, 2007
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Why would they care? ATT's profits are not dependent on overages of minutes, and most people do not change their plan. I have thousands of rollover minutes on my phone, yet I do not reduce my plan. I pay every month...

ATT wants these things- they increase usage of their product and of recurring revenue. They do not care if you keep your minutes every month and use this app all the time- rollover minutes were based on this- it's a gimmick- all they care abut is you paying your base plan.
 

JBaker122586

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Jun 21, 2007
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I have to think AT&T would try to stop this app from getting into the app store. The current iPhone plan is a flat rate for a selected number of voice limits. With free VOIP calling I could easily go with the lowest cost plan. This would cut directly into AT&T revenue, and I can't imagine they'll take it lying down. But, no doubt the awesome geniuses out there in the tech community will figure out a way to help us make it all work :)

In addition to what the person above me said, Steve explicitly stated that WiFi VoIP apps would be allowed.
 

joekun

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Mar 10, 2005
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I was hoping we would see this functionality built-in so that you could move seamlessly between wifi and the AT&T network (like T-Mobile offers), but this is the next best thing. I will definitely buy.
 

winterspan

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Jun 12, 2007
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I have to think AT&T would try to stop this app from getting into the app store. The current iPhone plan is a flat rate for a selected number of voice limits. With free VOIP calling I could easily go with the lowest cost plan. This would cut directly into AT&T revenue, and I can't imagine they'll take it lying down. But, no doubt the awesome geniuses out there in the tech community will figure out a way to help us make it all work :)

AT&T has no say over this. Apple already confirmed that VOIP is fine over WiFi, but they won't allow apps that do it over the cell network. Which is fair to me, otherwise AT&T would no doubt jack up their prices to compensate.


This app has great potential. Does the iPhone you use it on need to be unlocked??, because I don't feel comfortable unlocking/jailbreaking my iPhone when I get one after WWDC. :D Besides, I already have ATT, so there is no real bennefit for me to unlock it...
nope.

Now if only some nice tech company (Griffin, I'm looking at you) would kindly design an adapter which would allow us to use our iPod touches as VOIP phones. :D

Already done. The group at TouchMods is awesome. They made a little microphone that can go into the touch dock port which you can use with earbuds. Alternatively, they actually sell wired headsets that go INTO the dock connector and provide both microphone and earbuds. Both are like $50. Check it out!

Mic/headset ordering and info page: http://home.swipnet.se/ridax/touchmic.htm
TouchMods website: http://touchmods.wordpress.com/


Interesting, but how far down the road are we talking? Keep us advised. In the meantime, I've been using magicjack.com at $20 per year, it works really well with my BlackBook. :cool:

magicjack?? hahah... I HATE those stupid infomercials... Vonage works great for me!
 

0098386

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Jan 18, 2005
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"- Transfer inbound calls from a regular cell call to WiFi instantly and seamlessly - save your expensive minutes"

Inbound calls uses your own minutes?
 

JBaker122586

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Jun 21, 2007
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"- Transfer inbound calls from a regular cell call to WiFi instantly and seamlessly - save your expensive minutes"

Inbound calls uses your own minutes?

Yup. All cell calls use both parties' minutes in the US.
In the UK and other European countries, it costs substantially more for landlines to dial to cell phones. In the US, that's not so. We also get more minutes for less money to make up for it.

That's why SMS is so popular in Europe. Making calls is too expensive.
 

SiCbe

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Sep 11, 2006
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Belgium, Maaseik
So do both phones have to be on a wifi network for this to work? Or can I call my friend who's on a regular cellphone network (like walking out in the street) with iCall using my wifi network?
 
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