We all are very aware of the scrutiny that Apple and AT&T has been under with their removal of the Google Voice app and AT&T exclusivity agreements, and we now received some answers as to why…
Apple stated that, contrary to media reports, Google Voice was not rejected from the App Store it was simply still under review. They also stated that AT&T has absolutely nothing to do with the delay of the apps approval, so the blame rests solely on them. Apple further went on to say that they are still holding up their end of the agreement with AT&T which includes the denial of VOIP services on AT&T’s cellular network. Although Apple is unsure if the new app actually utilitzed any VOIP features, they have yet to approve it just to be sure.
In perfect simultaneous announcement AT&T released some information stating that they had absolutely nothing to do with the denial/approval of the Google Voice app. Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president, external and legislative affairs announced in the release:
“Let me state unequivocally, AT&T had no role in any decision by Apple to not accept the Google Voice application for inclusion in the Apple App Store,” Cicconi said. “AT&T was not asked about the matter by Apple at any time, nor did we offer any view one way or the other.”
Cicconi also stated that users of the Google Voice app or features should still continue to access the web application until Apple approves the iPhone app.