Are these people blind?

by Volker Weber

I read so many reports about the fact that iChat is missing from the iPhone, how the SMS tool has an "iChat-like" interface, how Leopard could bring an IM-as-SMS forwarding thingie to the iPhone etc.

Hello?

The iPhone does not have iChat because AT&T does not want it to have it. iChat is free. SMS messages, which are basically free for the provider, make a ton of money. Instant messaging is way better than SMS, because it also gives you presence information.

Do you seriously think that Apple would have any difficulties getting iChat to run on this baby?

Comments

Same applies to VOIP...

Martin Kautz, 2007-07-01

well, voip with edge is not fun ;)

Samuel Adam, 2007-07-01

Not the same thing. VoIP is actually hard to get right. Yes, there is a franchise to protect, but getting VoIP right is hard.

IM is a different thing. Very easy to port.

Volker Weber, 2007-07-01

VoIP is no rocket science. What could it make a challenge in the wireless context? Bandwith, latency?

Martin Kautz, 2007-07-01

Latency, packet loss, call setup.

Volker Weber, 2007-07-01

VoIP over WiFi is more fun.

Moritz Petersen, 2007-07-02

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