Apple planning its own mobile voice service?

“Light Reading has dug up some very interesting job postings on Apple’s website,” Kevin Fitchard reports for GigaOM.
“Apple is looking for telephony software engineers to work on iOS. Judging by the list of experience requirements in the postings, Apple is looking to add voice-over-IP (VoIP) capabilities to the iPhone and iPad operating system’s ever-growing feature set,” Fitchard reports. “STOP! I know what you’re thinking. Apple is finally going to shed the carrier albatross completely and launch its own voice service.”

Fitchard reports, “But there are plenty of good reasons Apple is hiring VoIP developers that don’t spell the end of the mobile operator’s core business…. [That said], there’s nothing preventing Apple from building a VoIP service of its own. Given the big dent Apple had already made in SMS with iMessage and how it yanked video chat right from under the operators’ noses with FaceTime, I wouldn’t be surprised if launching a competing voice service is in Apple’s road map.”

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