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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, Apple’s 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. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      You know what would really be f@cked up is if Apple kills the functionality of the GV apps that were downloaded before it was pulled from the app store. I know that would pretty much be impossible I'm just saying.

      This is crazy though. I don't get a lot of things these folks that are running the app store are doing. Most of the time it makes NO since.
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      what im going to do is imma keep my unlimited texting for 1 more month and then take it off...still trying to get used to this google voice thing...with the 406 numbers..does that mean i can text that number back and it goes straight to the one im texting w/o the need to open up the GV app(even though i have GV backgrounded anyways)
    1. skyhighrocks's Avatar
      skyhighrocks -
      where do you see the 406 numbers? I had a friend text me from his phone to my google number...I received his text in GV but there's no number associated with it??
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Official GV App

    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      Quote Originally Posted by skyhighrocks View Post
      where do you see the 406 numbers? I had a friend text me from his phone to my google number...I received his text in GV but there's no number associated with it??
      when u add your cell number to your google voice account it forwards that text message from your friend to the 406 number then to your cell...or at least thats how it works for me
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Power to the sheeple

      Google now has access to your whole life
    1. skyhighrocks's Avatar
      skyhighrocks -
      Quote Originally Posted by indiscretion View Post
      when u add your cell number to your google voice account it forwards that text message from your friend to the 406 number then to your cell...or at least thats how it works for me

      My cell number is added to my google voice account...but when I receive a text to my GV number inside gv mobile, it just shows the text and the person's name...no numbers anywhere.
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      now if i could only get an invite ><
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ There is an option in your GV settings to adjust your caller id options.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Power to the sheeple

      Google now has access to your whole life
      And life is now much easier. Funny how that works
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      And life is now much easier. Funny how that works
      Until they decide to close your account....

      Just a thought
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      And life is now much easier. Funny how that works
      Correct, life is pretty simple for sheeple

      LOL
    1. smassie's Avatar
      smassie -
      Why would this app get pulled...

      I was reading about GV a couple of weeks ago and found it pretty interesting that you could use it and theoretically never use your plan minutes.... Well for TMo at least.
      With a myFaves plan from TMobile, you get unlimited calling to five numbers. Put GV in as one of those Faves and dial it to initiate a call. Connect to your friends through GV and you are only calling one number. (Your GV #)
      So all the calls you make are to your GV number which you put in as a myFave. Which are unlimited 24/7 so you could talk nonstop on a 400 minute plan and never go over the limit.

      Or so I read........
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Until they decide to close your account....

      Just a thought
      Yes, let's not take advantage of a service to consolidate all your internet/mobile life under one account for fear that it may be closed down for no reason whatsoever.

      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Correct, life is pretty simple for sheeple

      LOL
      You're a self described new-age hipster who uses cracked apps, jailbreaks and themes the phone in an attempt to be a unique snowflake in the world of iPhones, and have a RATM complex against big companies who provide free services to make your life easier.

      Are you seriously still mad from when I banned you for being an idiot?
    1. TsukiakariUsagi's Avatar
      TsukiakariUsagi -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      No one has answered - maybe no one knows?
      Yes, in the states you pay for incoming calls and incoming text messages. Basically, if it comes into your phone, they charge you for it, and if it goes out of your phone, they charge you for it too.

      Now let's imagine this little scenario for free money on the phone provider's part. I'm on Provider X and You are on Provider X as well and I sent you a txt. I get charged 10 cents for sending you that message which is sent along a path of towers and data lines, etc. to your phone and then for you to get the message, you are also charged 10 cents, but for what? They just made a free 10 cents for something they charged me for.

      P.S. The same goes for calls too, and it's the same logic.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Until they decide to close your account....

      Just a thought
      Or Google decides to shut down the free SMS again... If the GV SMS section is the same part of the system that was allowing people to send SMS from GMail for free, it could in theory go down at any particular time because that was a "lab" and I believe two or three weeks ago it went down and I just started seeing the cell phone icons showing up again in my GMail Chat list so I could send SMS through that, so be weary of relying on this heavily for now. We still don't know why they originally took it down except for a cryptic message saying it was interfering with regular services, so if they haven't totally fixed that glitch, this could go down too until they find a solution for that as well.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Yes, let's not take advantage of a service to consolidate all your internet/mobile life under one account for fear that it may be closed down for no reason whatsoever.
      No reason whatsoever...

      Quote Originally Posted by TsukiakariUsagi View Post
      Or Google decides to shut down the free SMS again... If the GV SMS section is the same part of the system that was allowing people to send SMS from GMail for free, it could in theory go down at any particular time because that was a "lab" and I believe two or three weeks ago it went down and I just started seeing the cell phone icons showing up again in my GMail Chat list so I could send SMS through that, so be weary of relying on this heavily for now. We still don't know why they originally took it down except for a cryptic message saying it was interfering with regular services, so if they haven't totally fixed that glitch, this could go down too until they find a solution for that as well.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      No reason whatsoever...
      Oooh, didn't know the SMS integration was part of the labs. I try not to use any of the lab stuff because of that exact reason (no real way of knowing if it's going to be a continuing service).

      Google Voice however looks solid and given how the bought Grand Central to integrate it with Google, I don't see it going anywhere.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      So long as you are a happy 'Happy Noodle Boy' That's all that matters
    1. TsukiakariUsagi's Avatar
      TsukiakariUsagi -
      Well we shall keep our fingers crossed and I'll grab it from Cydia later tonight when I get home.
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Yes, let's not take advantage of a service to consolidate all your internet/mobile life under one account for fear that it may be closed down for no reason whatsoever.



      You're a self described new-age hipster who uses cracked apps, jailbreaks and themes the phone in an attempt to be a unique snowflake in the world of iPhones, and have a RATM complex against big companies who provide free services to make your life easier.

      Are you seriously still mad from when I banned you for being an idiot?

      Wow buddy get a cranberry juice lol that was just bitter