By Stephen Schenck | May 13, 2009 8:08 AM
Is your Windows Mobile device a Personal Computer? If you think it is as powerful a device as the iPhone (I think it is), then AT&T believes it is a Personal Computer. Their new Terms Of Service state “Applications like this, which redirect a TV signal to a personal computer, are specifically prohibited under our terms of service“.
With the release of the SlingPlayer for the iPhone, Engadget reports that AT&T made this official statement:
“Slingbox, which would use large amounts of wireless network capacity, could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network. The application does not run on our 3G wireless network. Applications like this, which redirect a TV signal to a personal computer, are specifically prohibited under our terms of service. We consider smartphones like the iPhone to be personal computers in that they have the same hardware and software attributes as PCs.
That said, we don’t restrict users from going to a Web site that lets them view videos. But what our terms and conditions prohibit is the transferring, or slinging, of a TV signal to their personal computer or smartphone.
The Slingbox application for the iPhone runs on WiFi. That’s good news for AT&T’s iPhone 3G customers, who get free WiFi access at our 20,000 owned and operated hot spots in the U.S., including Starbucks, McDonalds, Barnes & Noble, hotels, and airports. AT&T is the industry leader in WiFi.”
Even though the Windows Mobile version of the SlingPlayer supports 3G connectivity, it really sounds like you would be breaking the AT&T Terms of Service by using it on their 3G network.
Verizon, on the other hand allows “(iv) uploading, downloading and streaming of audio, video and games;”in their terms and conditions.