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AT&T has no qualms about blaming partner Apple for app rejections

Under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T has passed the blame for the Google Voice application rejection on to partner Apple.  According to AT&T's spokesperson, "AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it."

The FCC has demanded that Apple and AT&T explain the process by which applications are rejected.  In particular its asking what contractual conditions or non-contractual understandings with AT&T influence app store rejections. 

The government also asked, "Does AT&T have any role in the approval of iPhone applications generally (or in certain cases)? If so, under what circumstances, and what role does it play? What roles are specified in the contractual provisions between Apple and AT&T (or any non-contractual understandings) regarding the consideration of particular iPhone applications?"

The insinuation by AT&T, though, that it plays no part in app store policing and that regulation is solely the work of Apple is flat out false, though.  AT&T previously ordered Apple to force Slingbox to operate over WiFi only.  AT&T had stated:
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.
Steve Jobs also noted during a Q&A session that AT&T is actively policing voice-over-IP apps.  He stated that AT&T is the reason why apps like Skype are WiFi only.  In the end it appears that despite its claims of innocence, AT&T may play more of a role in iPhone app policing than it admits.

The finger pointing by AT&T does illustrate increasing tension between the two companies.  Apple took a number of apparent snipes at AT&T during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote address, where it introduced the new iPhone 3G S.

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Wow At&t
By HrilL on 8/4/2009 7:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully the FCC investigation goes a little deeper than just taking these companies words for it. At&t has had a say in what applications get a approved or what features will be allowed on their 3G network. They've even admitted to this.

The fact that they'll blatantly lie about this is a cause for concern.

This will be my last year with them. Once this contract is over I'm jumping ship to Verizon with or without a new iPhone on their network.

After I wrote the CEO at At&t an email of a few of my complaints and got a reply from a girl that deals with direct complains and reports back to management about them. She tried to address my complains with complete failure and just repeated standard PR bull that I had already read. She tried to assure me that management cares about the feed back they get. But if they really cared there wouldn't have been complaints from the start. Slingblade an issue, and as was MMS messaging that is still missing. WTF MMS is standard on every phone At&t sells even the iPhone (finally) but its not supported on their network. What kind of BS is that.

I'll take my 210 a month to a company that actually serves the service they sell.

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