Sunday, September 20, 2009

Google v. Apple - The Google Voice Application

A couple of months ago, Google revealed its Google Voice application.  Brian Malcom at the Young Lawyers Blog wrote about the Google Voice service and described the features as: "The idea is simple: one phone number for all your calls and SMS. The Google Voice number will ring your home, work and cell phones separately or collectively, depending on the user's election at the time of setup."

After the application was released, Google announced that Apple had rejected the application from the iPhone store [see here].  The Federal Communications, unsolicited, sent Google, Apple and AT&T asking about the rejection.  The FCC letters can be found here.  Until Friday, Google had only released redacted portions of their response.  However, Apple continually stated the Google Voice application was still under review and recently released its response to the FCC.  [The Apple response can be found here].

Based upon Apple's decision, and as discussed on Google's Public Policy Blog, Google decided to release its entire response to the FCC.   Google's response can be found on the FCC's website here.

In light of Apple's statement Friday that "We do not agree with all of the statements made by Google in their FCC letter. Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application and we continue to discuss it with Google,"  if the FCC continues to investigate the issue it looks like Google and Apple's lawyers will be working some overtime.


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