Slingplayer – the iPhone client that lets you watch video streamed from a Slingbox set-top box – has had its 3G support removed, as we reported yesterday. US mobile carrier AT&T has admited what many have suspected – it asked Apple to remove the 3G function.

Slingplayer for the iPhone will only work over a wifi connection, but the Slingplayer client for other mobile phones will work over 3G. What, you may well ask, is up with that?

The answer, according to AT&T (who coincidentally have the exclusive contract with Apple to supply the iPhone on their US network), is that the iPhone isn’t a mobile phone at all. It is a computer.

“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.” said an AT&T statement.

Well, yes, but they also have a lot of “hardware and software attributes” in common with phones, too. Nevertheless, this technicality (which we can’t help but think might be due to the popularity of the iPhone) means that AT&T was compelled to ask Apple to yank 3G support

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