I am considering becoming Verizon-free by replacing my home landline with an Aterisk server that will usie VOIP over my home internet connection. I could buy SIP phones to connect wirelessly to the Asterisk server or I could install a Digium POTS card and connect my existing phones to it, but both of these options are expensive.
The really neat solution would be to upgrade the family's existing Blackberries to Android phones and then run Sipdroid.
So, if we don't run VOIP over the Sprint network, does Sprint object to installing Sipdroid on Sprint phones?
Actually, I'm assuming that running VOIP over Sprint's network would cause more bandwidth utilization than Sprint would like, but does it. It can't be as bad as say Netflix. Does Sprint object to VOIP over the Sprint network?
It's an on-handset app, that does not involve connecting an external device (tethering), correct?
Then (not official, haven't talked to legal, just *my* opinion) -- go for it!
According to my personal reading of this (possibly out of date) T&C, you can do that with your Android phone:
I am checking if there is an updated T&C, but our general policy is 'no tethering without paying for it, otherwise enjoy!'. VOIP is far less bandwidth intensive than 2way video or Netflix anyway. Won't even make a blip on the network reports. (VOIP is what, 8kb/sec? Biggest problem I could see is jitter and latency - 3G can have up to 150+ms ping times. 4G will work great - it's just like high end Cable or DSL wired connections.)
If I find anything different, I'll follow up.
That was out of date. Now we say:
"Excessive Utilization of Network Resources:
Consuming a disproportionate amount of available Network resources resulting in the potential to disrupt or degrade the Network or Network usage by others. The determination of what constitutes excessive use depends on the specific state of the Network at any given time. Excessive use is determined by resource consumption relative to that of a typical individual user of the Network and not by the use of any particular application."
So (in my personal opinion) VOIP / Sipdroid is fine.