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FCC To Investigate Google Voice Rejection By Apple & AT&T

After reports emerged that Apple Inc. had denied Google Voice and other related apps from third-party developers for the iPhone App Store, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a prompt move has written to Apple asking for the reasons behind the move.

The letter from FCC has asked Apple to provide its reasons, and to elucidate which apps were deleted from its iTunes App Store. It has further asked whether any differences existed between Google Voice app for iPhone and other VoIP services which have been approved, and for the company to provide its criteria for approving iPhone apps.

Along with this, the FCC also launched a probe into if AT&T Inc. played any role into nixing Google Voice and other related apps from the iPhone App Store, and if the iPhone maker worked in conjunction with AT&T in taking the contentious decision.

In its response to the FCC’s investigation, the network operator said: “AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it”.

However, any reaction from Apple is not likely to throw any light on its apps approval procedure, which has been a constant cause of irritation and perplexity for the third-party developers, as the iPhone maker is able to plea confidentiality on certain critical information.

Our Comments

Don't expect much to come to light after the investigation given the fact that Apple's approval process for Apps is still a nothing more than a blackbox for many developers. The fact that Apple curtails competition on a platform that could become as popular as Windows is very, very worrisome indeed.

Related Links

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FCC iPhone Inquiry: Prelude to Wider Probe? (opens in new tab)

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.