Why doesn't iOS have a native SIP client/ VoIP support?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by RichardF, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. RichardF macrumors 6502a

    RichardF

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    I know they are pushing iMessage but VoIP is different. I need DIDs in several cities in the world and I want to be able to call any number for peanuts.

    I am using Groundwire 2.3 (best VoIP for iOS I was able to find) and it's just frustrating: it isn't reliable enough for business use. Calls are crappy (I use it only over WiFi with FiOS 35/35mbps) 30% of the time and it drops the soft phone registration with the servers of VoIP providers.

    Anyone in the same boat, what has your experience been like?
     
  2. brentmore macrumors 6502

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    I imagine there are lots of economics to consider from an internal and external point of view. Apple's already dedicated to developing various technologies at a seemingly breakneck pace. Mobile phone hardware and software, internet solutions, media creation products are just a few. iMessage is a great feature, but scaling up to accomodate VOIP services isn't a simple jump.

    The second problem I see is the strain that developing VOIP solutions might put on the already tenuous relationships that Apple seems to have with carriers. Coming up with an elegant, affordable and easy solution might be just the thing to force wireless carriers to shy away from supporting Apple.
     
  3. RichardF thread starter macrumors 6502a

    RichardF

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    I got a HTC One X and a SIII since I posted this.

    Both have a native SIP client/ VoIP support.

    And it works better than using a third-party app.

    Come-on Apple!
     
  4. GregorySilvera macrumors newbie

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