But that was before technology made distance (somewhat) obsolete.With teledildonics, the science of remotely controlled sex, you can now get up close and personal no matter how near or far away you are. Your options across a crowded room are almost too numerous and too enjoyable to count.
For its part, Apple says it never even rejected Google Voice – it's just still studying it to make sure it doesn't confuse users.
Skype president Josh Silverman welcomed the announcement but argued that the government still needs to mandate openness: "We applaud today’s announcement by AT&T to open up its 3G network to internet calling applications such as Skype.
AT&T likely fears that Skype users will opt for plans with fewer voice minutes if they can bypass AT&T's voice channel, but that fear seems to have given way to a greater one – new regulations from an emboldened FCC.
AT&T denied it had anything to do with blocking the Google Voice i Phone app, which, unlike Skype, uses the minutes on a cellphone plan – though it does offer cheap international calls and free conference calling, among other features.
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In a bit of hairsplitting, AT&T has long maintained it doesn't block Skype – which has uncrippled apps that run on other phones the company sells.
Instead, it's just had Apple block the application.
"Today's decision was made after evaluating our customers' expectations and use of the device compared to dozens of others we offer."Apple and AT&T had a secret agreement to ban apps that would let i Phone users make phone calls using the wireless data connection, a fact that was revealed this summer when the FCC asked the duo to explain why Google's innovative Voice app was rejected for the i Phone store.
So for instance, Skype, the world's most popular phone service, had to cripple its application so that it would only work when an i Phone was using Wi-Fi.
My legs were completely numb, so when Lieutenant Semenov unfastened from Tanya and me from the table legs, I fell to the floor.