Google Voice and Skype fans rejoice–the newest iPhone SDK has revealed that Apple has lifted the ban on using VoIP over the 3G network!
Hopefully this means that apps like GV Mobile can stop being jailbreak-only and return to the App Store where they belong, and that current wifi-only VoIP apps like Skype will be quick about updating. The first updated application is iCall, with others soon to follow I’m sure. (Again, I entreat GV Mobile to head back to the App Store!) But the real question is–what does this mean for the new iPad?
Ostensibly, the iPad runs apps just the same as the iPhone does, so it looks like the 3G-enabled iPads will give you the ability to let you leave your phone at home and use it to field phone calls, texts, and voicemails sans a mobile voice plan.
I know a few people who are already tempted to dump their iPhone or other mobile device and use nothing but the iPad, Google Voice, and a bluetooth headset. I don’t think that’s for me, but it’s a pretty interesting idea, especially with the iPad boasting 3G pay-as-you-go options. Theoretically you could save a lot of money using nothing but the iPad for your mobile needs.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out…did Apple just shoot AT&T’s voice plan offerings in the foot?