Following up with my original post on hacking Google Voice, it was brought to my attention that Apple has blocked the Google Voice App from the App Store, meaning iPhone users will not be getting the Google Voice app like the fortunate BlackBerry and Android users. Google has confirmed that the rejection was because of AT&T. The reason given is that it is against AT&T’s business model as the software allows free SMS and cheaper long distance calling. Furthermore, I believe that Apple is also behind this as they see Google as competition now instead of a partner when their iPhone launched. Google went behind Apple’s back and made the Android mobile platform, now they are working on browsers and operating systems.
In my opinion, this is a smart move for Apple and AT&T both but it does not hide where the future of communication is heading. Grab on to a cheap unlimited data plan with a reliable and fast network as the days of paying for “voice and minutes” will soon be a thing of the past. Additionally, this move shows the competition Google is giving everyone and the steps they are taking to block Google out.
Till next time,