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  • Google Voice applications pulled from the App Store.
    In another excellent case of "what the frak", Apple has pulled both GV Mobile and VoiceCentral, two applications that add Google Voice support to the phone. Google Voice is one of Google's latest services that provides a sort of virtual switchboard in which you can subscribe all your phones. By calling your GV phone number, all your phones would ring and you can pick it up wherever you happen to be.

    The two apps had similar functionality. You could easily start calls, send and read text messages, and check your voice mail messages. This apparently was to close to native iPhone functionality it seems, because that's the reason Apple gave these developers.

    To make matters even more bizarre, Google's own GV application was rejected six weeks ago while GV Mobile was PERSONALLY APPROVED BY PHIL SCHILLER, Appleís senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. Now it got pulled today.

    The App Store utter lack of transparency isn't giving much of an answer as to why these apps were pulled. On the phone side of things: these apps just started a call (which you had to answer) so you were still using your own minutes. This wasn't a VOIP service. On the messaging aspect of it, you could indeed send and receive messages, but then again you can do that with one of the dozens of free text messaging apps cluttering the store.

    So why was it pulled? Possible native integration in future firmware updates? AT&T leaning on Apple again? Someone drinking a little too much in Cupertino? No one seems to know...

    Sources:
    GV Mobile Google Voice iPhone App Getting Booted From App Store for Usual Ridiculous Reasons - app store - Gizmodo
    Apple Is Growing Rotten To The Core: Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Voice applications pulled from the App Store. started by Happy Noodle Boy View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I prefer Acai berries
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      wont you take on LD rates dialing a 406 # ?
      im in miami, why dial a montana #, take on an LD charge for the call so you can have the gv # display on the receiving end?

      or do you dial it thru gv itself and it skips calling your number..?

      sry if i missed anything, please correct me if i made a mistake somewhere.
    1. jcrod73's Avatar
      jcrod73 -
      I thought i'd shre this with my modmyi friends...

      link to actual blog: Best. Comment. Ever.

      Best. Comment. Ever.
      by Michael Arrington on July 28, 2009

      This is, without a doubt, the best comment ever on TechCrunch. Left by “J” on MG’s latest iPhone rant about the Google Voice debacle. Beautiful.

      AT&T: You want answers?

      TechCrunch: We think we’re entitled to them.

      AT&T: You want answers?!

      TechCrunch: We want Google Voice on our iPhones.

      AT&T: You can’t handle the iPhone with Google Voice!

      Son, we operate on network that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by carriers with restrictions. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Verizon Wireless? We have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Google Voice and you curse AT&T. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know: That pulling Google Voice, while tragic, probably saved the network. And our existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves the network.

      You don’t want the Google Voice on your iPhone. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at TechCrunch50, you want us protecting the network. You need us protecting that network. We use words like rate limiting, application approval and restrictions…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.

      We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to a blog who writes and profits under the blanket of the very network that we provide, then questions the manner in which we provide it. We’d prefer you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a router and build your own network. Either way, We don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to.

      TechCrunch: Did you order Google Voice taken down?

      AT&T: We did the job you sent us to do.

      TechCrunch: Did you order Google Voice taken down?

      AT&T: You’re goddamn right we did.
    1. 7lowe's Avatar
      7lowe -
      I think since Apple claims that Google Voice duplicates functionality already on the iPhone we should all flood them with service requests asking how to make calls and texts come from our Google Voice # as well as whatever other features we are missing out on now.

      Seven
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jcrod73 View Post
      I thought i'd shre this with my modmyi friends...

      link to actual blog: Best. Comment. Ever.
      Except it wasn't AT&T at all since all Blackberries have Google Voice apps?
    1. LearningMan's Avatar
      LearningMan -
      If only that quote were original (It's directly from "A Few Good Men" for you youngsters out there that think it's original), it would be funny as heck. It was. The first time.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      It really sucks that google voice contacts/calendar can't be linked to your google apps contacts/calendar

      Integrate with Google Apps, - Google Voice Help

      Using your Google Apps address with Google Voice - Google Voice Help
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      To continue with the news, after having their app pulled from the store by Apple, now the GV Mobile guys have to pay for the refunds as well. What the hell?

      Hey Apple, One More Thing… Riverturn Blog and Talk Back
    1. KILLINJDM's Avatar
      KILLINJDM -
      what a bunch of fricken Nazi's

      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      To continue with the news, after having their app pulled from the store by Apple, now the GV Mobile guys have to pay for the refunds as well. What the hell?

      Hey Apple, One More Thing… Riverturn Blog and Talk Back
      Thats a bunch of crap talk about takin it in the shorts
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      dont care anymore about this