A Google spokesperson talked about the situation earlier this week,
stating, “We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of
mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the
Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App
Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users
- for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.”
The interesting part of this whole
debacle is that the official Google Voice application is available on
Blackberry smartphones on the AT&T network which makes the
decision to block the applications from the AT&T-bound iPhone
even more peculiar.
The FCC is also wanting
some answers according to the Washington Post and has sent
three letters to Apple,
(all three documents are PDFs) demanding more information on the
blocking of applications from the App Store.
Apple is asked why the
Google Voice app was rejected, if it acted alone or with the help of
AT&T in rejecting the application, and if there is an appeals
process once an app has been booted from the App Store among other
The FCC has an even lengthier set of
questions (nine in total) with the most damning likely being, "Do
any devices that operate on AT&T’s network allow use of the
Google Voice application? Do any devices that operate on AT&T’s
network allow use of other applications that have been rejected for
In its letter to Google, the FCC asks
for the reason Apple gave for rejecting its Google Voice application
and also asks about the approval/rejection process for the Android
All three companies have until the end
of business on August 21 to respond in full to the FCC's inquiries.
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quote: Apple may make changes to any products or services offered on the Site, or to the applicable prices for any such products or services, at any time, without notice.
quote: Now you have a partner of the Iphone, namely AT&T, that could lose 100's if not perhaps billions of dollars because instead of consuming voice minutes, people will consume Data.
quote: Cell phone providers make their money from people making voice calls. Data is a supplement to this, which is why you see unlimited data plans for $20/month and you don't see unlimited voice plans on ANY carrier for less than what, $100/month?
quote: In its letter go Google, the FCC asks for the reason Apple gave for rejecting its Google Voice application and also asks about the approval/rejection process for the Android app store.