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  • Apple Approves Vonage App... and Vonage Seems Just as Surprised as the Rest of Us

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    Apple just hasn't been acting itself lately.

    From Spotify obtaining access to the App Store with its "competing" and "duplicate" streaming music application, to Rockstar Games getting the green light to bring "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown" (vulgarities intact) to the iPhone, the Apple approval process has seemingly been turned on its head.

    And today we can throw yet another such example onto the pile of head-scratching developments. It turns out that Apple has now approved Vonage, a VoIP service that will be making its way to the App Store shortly . For now, the executives at Vonage are said to be thrilled with the development and, at present, working with Apple to remove a few bug from their supposedly nifty little app.

    From Bloomberg News:

    Vonage Holdings Corp., the New Jersey Internet phone carrier, climbed as much as 36 percent in extended trading after it said Apple Inc. approved its mobile- phone application for the iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Vonage is testing the application and will give details on its release later, the Holmdel, New Jersey-based company said today in a statement. The company isn’t providing details on what the application does for “competitive reasons,” spokesman Michael Zema said in an e-mail. Sales of the application may help make up for the more than 100,000 customers Vonage has lost in the past year as subscribers opted for discounted digital-phone service from cable-television companies.
    Indeed, Apple has a lot of people wondering what's behind the reversal of yet another longstanding policy. AT&T, in fact, recently released a statement posturing their company as unwilling to help any other business that is developing VoIP apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

    Although the move is puzzling to some, the forthcoming app is a welcome development for Vonage customers. For now, however, there's no word on how long it will take for the app to actually make its way into the App Store. Vonage says they are currently beta testing the app with its availability to be announced at a later date.

    Kind of makes you wonder about Google Voice Mobile, doesn't it? After all, wasn't GVoice rejected because it "duplicated features"?

    Vonage must be a "special exception"... or something.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Approves Vonage App... and Vonage Seems Just as Surprised as the Rest of Us started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Watch they will pull it in a few days or by the start of next week. It probably slipped through like many other apps lol.
      Hello. The Vonage app isn't in the store yet, so they can't pull it in a few days or next week.
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      This is an interesting development. I really don't care about Vonage as I am not a customer of theirs but Apple approving this app is a slap in the face to Google thats for sure. It's still to early to know if this app just "slipped" through or was actually approved though.
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Lets hope they do not do like they did with google and approve it then change there minds. Hopefully the FCC has cleared all of that up.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      This is a little game Apple is playing to combat the FCC.."Hey FCC, look, we let voip services have apps in our store, we rejected GV for other reasons."<---yeah right
      stupid apple