Google Online Voice Service To Get Around Apple's Restrictions?

iPhone users may soon be able to use Google Voice service, as the search engine giant is reportedly working on a new substitute for its hugely popular calling service, according to reports from The New York Times.

As per the report, Google is prepping an iPhone optimised web-page that will provide features similar to its signature Google Voice service. The new app will enable users to install a link to the page that will appear as an icon on their iPhone’s screen, imparting it functionality akin to the rejected app, the report added.

Apple banned a Google Voice app from its App Store a few weeks back, claiming the service paralleled other apps available for the iPhone, which is not in line with Apple’s developer policies.

Subsequently, the move grabbed the attention of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which later on launched a probe into the matter and asked Apple and AT&T for the reasons behind rejecting the app.

“Google says it is readying a replacement for the Google Voice app that will offer exactly the same features as the rejected app - except that it will take the form of a specialized, iPhone-shaped Web page”, The New York Times’ blogger David Pogue quoted.

Google Voice, which is still in beta and available to the US customers only, lets users to route calls as well as text messages from up to six different lines to a single Google number. In addition to managing calls, Google voice offers voicemail services and further provides free text and inexpensive call service.