Earlier this month, AT&T modified their 3G terms of service
to seemingly ban Slingbox to mobile phone functionality. Less than a week later, the company informed us
that those changes were made "in error." This morning the Boy Genius Report
cites an anonymous tipster who claims that a Slingplayer for iPhone application will likely be banned from the Apple application store because of concerns at AT&T it will eat too much bandwidth. From their source:
The application conformed to every single Apple guideline for applications and user interfaces, etc. The reason it was denied was because of an executive decision on Apple’s end. AT&T had asked that the app be rejected due to worries about bandwidth consumption.
Keep in mind that AT&T is rumored to be working on Slingbox-esque iPhone functionality for U-Verse customers, so if the rumor is true
, more than just network capacity could be at play here. The app could be modified to work just over Wi-Fi like the recent Skype release
, though that move annoyed proponents of open networks. It looks like AT&T may want to rush those latest HSPA upgrades, which should boost downstream speeds first to 7Mbps, then possibly 20Mbps.
We reached out to AT&T for comment and were told "you’ll have to ask Apple any questions about apps for the iPhone." We're subsequently trying to get an official response from Apple.