By opening up the iPhone to 3rd party applications, Apple may have inadvertently created new competition for its infrastructure partner, AT&T. Frequent Viodi View sponsor, 8×8, Inc’s Packet8 MobileTalk application is now available for the iPhone. Not yet available in the Apple App Store, the software to enable the service (it also works on other smart phones) may be obtained directly at the Packet8 web site.
I haven’t had a chance to review the service first hand yet, but the documentation suggests the MobileTalk application automatically redirects international calls to the Packet8 VoIP network. Packet8’s international calling rates are much lower than those of AT&T. Of course, the caller still has to pay the minimum $69.99 per month for the privilege of using the iPhone.