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The FCC Questions AT&T, Apple and Google

Published by on Aug 3rd, 2009, No Comments

The FCC has been questioning who has been behind the termination and rejection of Google applications from the App Store — to be more exact the rejection of the Google Voice Mobile (a VOIP solution for mobile phones that offers free text messages and really cheap international calls) by Apple, from last week.

fcc questions at&t, apple and google

It is pretty obvious that Apple was prompted to react the way it did owing to the persuasion coming from the AT&T camp but it never realized that they’ll have to come up with an explanation for all these. The answer could be that Apple is yet to recognize Voice as an application and not as a service, but then why did Skype get a preferential treatment?

Also, there is chance that both Apple and AT&T want to curtail the rise of the VoIP inside of WiFi hotspots on mobile devices. But then again, the allowance to Skype hints double-standards for Skype has a business favor as it is purchasing some of their US termination from AT&T.

The answers sure might be kept confidential but we will still get a lot to know from this development and we are delighted over FCC to stamp its authority by intruding in a way it always should.

[via Pulver]

Google Voice Application Rejected for the iPhone, Blame AT&T?

Published by on Jul 29th, 2009, No Comments

The Google request to run Google Voice as an application on the Apple iPhone has been rejected by the App Store. Surprisingly the big G isn’t disappointed by the development as they will continue to work to bring the services to iPhone users — for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.


Except GV Mobile, all third-party applications that use the service have also been pulled out by Apple. The reasons that can be cited for such a development is that Google is a direct competitor to the iPhone OS with its Android which is fast conquering the market share. The official reason is that the application had “duplicating built-in iPhone features” — which we think it’s bull …

A ‘spicier’ reason could be that AT&T is behind the whole deal as Google Voice offers free texting whereas AT&T is still charging minutes for texts. Also, international calling plans for AT&T can suffer a severe setback given the advantages offered by Google Voice. If the latter one has got more to do with the development, the future of Google Voice on the iPhone is very much over.

[via AppleInsider]