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I have been using Google Voice for sometime now and have been pretty satisfied using it. It has made a lot of things easier including managing messages and voice calls.
Prior to today, Google Voice was invite only. It is still invite only, but Google has introduced a new ploy to market their service a la Gmail. Google has definitely made the best use of this strategy, just look at Gmail’s success today.
Starting today, Google Voice users can send out invites to other people. If you are interested in getting an invite. I have three Google Voice invites to giveaway. To get into the fray, just leave a comment on this post as to why you want one. Adding Techie Buzz rocksin the comment, will definitely earn you some goodie points :-).
Apple blocking the Google Voice application stating that it duplicates the functionality of iPhone native application, has taken a new twist or say gotten Apple in trouble? The Federal Communication corporation, FCC, has asked Apple, AT&T the reasons for rejecting the applications submitted to App store. Also, FCC has asked Google to give in written the reply they received from Apple for rejecting the app.
FCC, in its letter to AT&T, clearly asked about the role AT&T plays in deciding which app gets accepted and which doesn’t, for the Apple’s app store. FCC also wants to know the difference between Google Voice and other VOIP apps that have been approved by Apple’s app store.
This shows that Apple just can’t have dictatorship over its app store. It’s clear that Apple alone did not make this decision as it has nothing much to lose. It is AT&T’s loss if Google Voice had been approved by Apple’s app store, as Google Voice allows users to make cheap network calls and send cheap sms than that of the network(AT&T here).
In a move that is more likely to get ugly, Apple has blocked the Google Voice application from appearing in App Store.
Google Voice is a service provided by Google that allows users to use a single number for multiple numbers and a host of other features, however this move was not expected since the application had been personally approved by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP or product marketing back in April.
According to TechCrunch a Google spokesperson had this to say:
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 â€” for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.
According to that statement it looks like Google may take a different route (read mobile browsers) to make the application available to users, that would definitely be a punch in the face to Apple, and many users would be eagerly waiting for that.
Hopefully Google should quickly get the browser application out for benefits of iPhone users.