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iSkoot vs. T-Mobile@Home

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Sivan, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Sivan

    Sivan Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Oct 28, 2008
    I downloaded iSkoot, the Skype application for Android. Made an overseas Android to computer call, which was a bit choppy over wi-fi, and then tried calling an overseas landline. To my surprise, iSkoot dialed a 1877 number which, using Skype credit, routed my call over the net to the end number.

    I wonder why is iSkoot dialing when I call a landline? In effect this is no different than, say, a Net2Phone card. Did T-Mobile restrict it?

    And then I thought it was a bit hypocritical of T-Mobile to get worked up about VoIP apps when it markets the HotSpot@Home service, which does the same to you landline carrier. Thoughts?


  2. techfire

    techfire Lurker

    Oct 21, 2008
    Allowing VoIP calls over their 3G network effectively circumvents their core revenue source. However, HotSpot@Home uses Wi-Fi, and T-Mobile charges for this feature also. I would imagine that making VoIP calls over Wi-Fi wouldn't upset T-Mobile as much as making the calls over 3G.

    I do recall reading something about T-Mobile not wanting VoIP applications on the Android but they also said they wouldn't pro-actively prevent it (or something like that).

    Hopefully, we'll start to see some SIP based apps that support secure RTP. G.722 and iLBC codec support would be great.
  3. noderat

    noderat Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    T-Mobile Customer Care Representative
    iSkoot has always dialed out regardless of platform. I used to to call my girlfriend at home when she didn't have a cell phone but we had internet access.

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