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AT&T Denies Having Rejected Google Voice Apps

Written By Unknown on Monday, August 3, 2009 | 8:41 AM

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Last week Apple or AT&T rejected the official Google Voice app, and banned/removed other unofficial Google Voice apps in the App Store. The FCC decided to investigate, and they sent letters to Apple, AT&T, and Google to find out more info. You can see all the letters at TechCrunch.

AT&T responded to this by issuing the following statement:
“AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it.”

AT&T is not revealing much in this statement. They're just saying that they don't manage or approve applications, but of course we knew that too. Apple manages and approves all applications in the App Store. What we don't know is whether AT&T had influenced Apple or been able to get them to remove all the Google Voice Apps.

According to Sean Kovacs, an Apple support representative Raymond C claims that GV Mobile was removed from the App Store at the request of AT&T. This has not been confirmed, but you can see a screenshot of the chat below.

AT&T: Google Voice

Raymond C said the following:
Yea unfortunately at the request of AT&T GV was removed from the App store. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience and frustration on this unfortunate removal of a great application.

Maybe the FCC's involvement may mean that Google Voice apps will be back, but don't count on it. On the bright side, you can still jailbreak and download GV Mobile from Cydia, and Google has said that they will be working on a mobile site version of Google Voice too. Google Voice will continue for the iPhone!

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Paul taylor
August 8, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I would just like to say google voice wood have been a great app for me as I have no finger so please bring it back ( and it sounds like they got some thing about pepole with no hands and finger they don't want us to use it

than you Paul Taylor in London England

Realist
August 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Well this is another reason why people should jailbreak the phone , I mean this is somekind of abuse of human rights correct me if I am wrong apple should give full explain when decide to remove something . I never did use the gv app siNce I live in EU but when I read those type of Sh... I ask my self ? Is this Iran or WTF is going on

neonsonicboy
February 15, 2010 at 7:52 AM

I say to Apple, stuff AT&T - what if people on other networks in other countries want to use this?

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