Did Apple Reject Google Voice From the App Store?

by on August 29th, 2009

Apple, Google and AT&T on Friday all replied to an FCC letter requesting clarification on why Google Voice was rejected from the App Store. Apple said “We never rejected the app. The app is still under review.” Apple said in its letter to the FCC. “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.”

Google made a statement when the app was not accepted into the App Store in late July. “Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store,” said a Google spokesperson. “We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users – for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.”

AT&T denied that it had any part to play in Google Voice not immediately being accepted into the App Store, and Apple backed up that claim in its letter to the FCC.

“Apple is acting alone and has not consulted with AT&T about whether or not to approve the Google Voice application,” Apple said in its letter. “No contractual conditions or non-contractual understandings with AT&T have been a factor in Apple’s decision-making process in this matter.”

Apple did say that there is a provision in its contract 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.”

Let’s see what the FCC has to say about the responses. If Apple hasn’t officially rejected the Google app, there may still be a chance it will show up in the App Store soon.


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