So the proverbial shit has hit the fan! Yep, the FCC is looking into the suspicious situation with Apple removing the AppStore applications GV Mobile and VoiceCentral as well as Googles unreleased Google Voice app.
A story posted on TechCrunch:
FCC Takes On Apple And AT&T Over Google Voice Rejection: “Earlier this week, we learned that Apple had suddenly begun to pull third party iPhone applications for Google Voice, citing the unconvincing rationale that they “duplicated” some of the iPhone’s functionality. We then broke the news that Apple had also rejected Google’s own official Google Voice application six weeks prior, sparking a din of complaints from developers and users alike over the arbitrary and possibly anti-competitive restrictions being imposed by Apple. AT&T, too, has been a target of frequent criticism as many of us believe it too may have also played a part in the decision.”
This is really really big news. According to TechCrunch, three letters were sent from the FCC. One to Apple, one to Google and the last to AT&T. They are trying to determine exactly what is going on and I would guess to see if AT&T had anything at all to do with the applications being removes/rejected.
If anyone can get to the bottom of this fiasco, the FCC can. I’m going to be glued to the news feeds for a couple of months to see how this plays out. Hopefully, the outcome will be a more public policy on AppStore rules and what exactly was the reason for the removal/rejection of the Google Voice applications.