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Google Voice is back in all its app glory for the iPhone, thanks to two new approved apps.
Apple lets Google Voice into its magical kingdom

Google Voice has at last landed on the iPhone in full app form.  Long available with the Android platform, which currently outsells the iPhone in the U.S., Apple wasn't quite as kind to the Google product.

The service's ability to use a mobile carrier's data plan to send cheaper SMS texts and international phone calls irked both Apple and its carrier partners like AT&T.  An official Google Voice app was quickly removed from the app store.  Google responded by releasing a web app, with some of the original functionality.

Meanwhile numerous app versions floated around on the underground app store Cydia.  To run these versions, you needed a jailbroken phone, though.

Now two full Google Voice solutions have made their way to the official iTunes App Store.  Both are third-party products, using Google's API.  The two apps -- GV Mobile + and GV Connect -- have similar functionality, allowing users to access their Google voicemail box and use their iPhone phonebook, both to make and receive calls via their Google Voice number, and to send and receive texts using their Google Voice number.

Both have support landscape mode and the higher resolution iPhone 4's Retina Display.

Remember, if you frequently use the app it makes pretty heavy use of your data plan.  That could spell trouble given AT&T's low 2 GB/month data caps and high overage fees.  



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RE: irked both Apple?
By Pirks on 9/20/2010 10:32:01 PM , Rating: 0
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Strangely, it was Apple who didn't approve the Google Voice app from Google, not AT&T
LOLOLOL :))) hahahahahaaaa

really nice one!

as if AT&T can OFFICIALLY ban anything from the Apple App Store! of course it was the Apple who made the official motion... well if you were smarter and tried to understand why they did this... I haven't lost hope on you, you can still make it! just try harder :))
quote:
Place the blame at Apple's feet, not at AT&T's, no matter the spin from whomever
nanananah, nooo, I'm not that simple dumb mototroll style zealot to make such idiotic short sighted conclusions. don't even try to push it.
quote:
it's Apple's decision to deny the app
question is - do you BELIEVE it was Apple's decision, not the AT&T's one or do you know some strong supportive arguments or facts? if you a believer - then posting here won't change my mind, I'm not into beliefs. try some more concrete arguments, if you have them.


RE: irked both Apple?
By JazzMang on 9/21/2010 9:39:32 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
I'm not into beliefs


... or reality, for that matter.


RE: irked both Apple?
By jimbojimbo on 9/21/2010 12:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
From Apple's site itself:
http://www.apple.com/hotnews/apple-answers-fcc-que...
quote:
The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail

Translation:
quote:
We here at Apple believe our users are too stupid to understand this app and how it works so we are not approving it.

I think everyone knew this already except Pirks here.


RE: irked both Apple?
By Pirks on 9/21/2010 1:59:29 PM , Rating: 2
"There is a provision in Apple’s agreement with AT&T that obligates Apple not to include functionality in any Apple phone that enables a customer to use AT&T’s cellular network service to originate or terminate a VoIP session without obtaining AT&T’s permission."

eat this :P


RE: irked both Apple?
By jimbojimbo on 9/21/2010 4:54:07 PM , Rating: 2
The Google Voice app was not a VoIP app so your post is irrelevant. Even the Cydia app didn't do have that functionality.


RE: irked both Apple?
By Pirks on 9/21/2010 6:56:46 PM , Rating: 2
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Google Voice app was not a VoIP app
"Apple does not know if there is a VoIP element in the way the Google Voice application routes calls and messages, and whether VoIP technology is used over the 3G network by the application"

how come you know what Apple doesn't know?


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