Yesterday Apple removed all Google-voice related iPhone apps from the App Store, and they also rejected the official Google Voice iPhone application. They are saying that the Google Voice apps “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”. Unfortunately due to Apple’s strict App Store policies, we will never see a Google Voice App on the App Store.
A Google Spokesperson has told us the following:
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 — for example, by taking advances in mobile browsers.
Not only should we be blaming Apple for rejecting the Google Voice app, but we should be blaming AT&T as well. John Gruber from Daring Fireball says that Google Voice apps are banned from the App Store because of AT&T:
Well, so much for my speculation. A reliable little birdie has informed me that it was indeed AT&T that objected to Google Voice apps for the iPhone. It’s that simple.
Thankfully, Sean Hovac the developer of the GV Mobile app has decided to release his app for free on Cydia. You can jailbreak your iPhone and download it.
How to get GV Mobile:
- Jailbreak your iPhone
- Open Cydia
- Tap the Search button
- Type in GV Mobile
- Tap the app, and hit the install button!
GV Mobile Features:
- Dial numbers (domestic for free and international at a variable rate) via the iPhone’s address book or typing in on the keypad
- Send SMS messages
- Retrieve and delete recent call history
- Playback and delete voicemails
- Take calls from different phones other than your iPhone
- Add, delete, enable, or disable the phones that Google Voice forwards calls to
Update: Google Voice is still in beta, if you didn’t get a Google Voice invite from Google then you cannot use this yet. Some users have also been reporting that this app crashes. Sean Kovac is working on fixing it.[via Daring Fireball and Sean Kovac]