Skype’s anouncement of charging for calls over 3G soon arises the question: Who is figthting VoIP freedom now? We at FriendCaller have long lobbied for VoIP over 3G and Apple Inc. finally made it possible. No doupt that this required some arm twisting since the operators have been notoriously stubborn to give their customer anything for free but instead likes to tie them with a million or so additional chargable options.
So, for a long time Skype was with us and other iPhone developers lobbying for VoIP freedom. Therefore, this announcement comes at a surprise and is a seriuos set-back for VoIP freedom, considering the size and market position of Skype.
Apple Inc. opened up for 3G VoIP a couple of months back, and the feature was well received with iPhone app developers and many end users.
FriendCaller facilitates free VoIP calls over WiFi and 3G and the FriendCaller apps allow as well to call out to phone and mobile phone numbers around the globe at prices far below the operators are charging.
So well, here we stand out. We are proud to offer VoIP over 3G and WiFi calls on the mobile datat network for free, since a long time now. No subscriptions, no deadlines, and no other confusing strings attached.
Who is fighting for VoIP freedon now? One less but many other stay strong. Does it matter? Yes, we can see that ever since Skype has announced that it will charge, we have seen more users signing up with FriendCaller than ever, pushing us into the TOP10 social networing app list in Germany and even more of our users are willingly paying to use the FriendCaller to call out phone numbers making us 2nd amoung Top Grossing social networking app in the US. So free and freedom are the way to go for iPhone developers and their customers.