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article imageApple OKs Vonage iPhone App

By Tylor Sweeney     Sep 3, 2009 in Technology
Arriving shortly after the mysterious rejection of the Google Voice app for 'replicating features already included in the core iPhone experience,' Vonage is about to join Skype on the App Store with it's upcoming VoIP app for iPhone and iPod Touch.
According to a press release by VoIP service Vonage, Apple has given the green light for the publishing of Vonage's forthcoming iPhone app in the App Store. Vonage's app will join Skype as the only major VoIP applications on the App Store. The announcement of the application's approval has caused Vonage stock to skyrocket in value.
Little is known about the app, however, as the application is not yet available for download. Why? It is still in beta testing, with Vonage claiming that the app will be available later this year. Since the application cannot be tested yet, we can only assume that the application will allow users to call-out using their Vonage number instead of their AT&T-provided cellular number. However, as the iPhone cannot run background processes, it is unclear whether or not the phone will accept calls from folks that call your Vonage number. Due to the fact that the iPhone doesn't allow background processes, it is probably not possible. We also expect the application, like Skype, to only work on Wi-Fi.
The arrival of this app onto the App Store will most likely stir more mystery around the rejection of the Google Voice app over the coming weeks. On a positive note, however, Vonage customers will be able to access their accounts in a convenient manner, and users who hate AT&T's call quality will have just one more way to get in contact with friends and family.
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