Apple is not allowing Google to have a native Google Voice app on the iPhone. This news comes a week after Google said that Apple did not allow a native Latitude app on the iPhone. The Latitude app was rejected because it was supposedly too similar to Maps on the iPhone.
Google said, “We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users – for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.”
The Google Voice app was most likely rejected by AT&T because it competes against some of AT&T’s paid services. Google Voice allows users to send free text messages, make cheap international calls, and make free domestic calls.
Google Voice is available on Android and Blackberry. iPhone users however will have to settle for a web based mobile browser version.