Apple and Google Tell Different Stories To FCC

google-voice-logoA few weeks ago when Apple, AT&T and Google all released the text of the information submitted to the FCC regarding the Google Voice app, Google’s letter had some redacted parts. There was some speculation about what was under those black bars, and apparently some entities filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out. Curious onlookers no longer have to wait, as Google released the full version of the letter yesterday morning.

Why now? Michael Arrington of TechCrunch speculates that the negotiations between Apple and Google over the app broke down and Google has decided to use one of it’s “nukes” to embarrass Apple for telling a fib. Apple claimed that they had not rejected the Google Voice app and “continue to study it.” Google told the FCC that Apple did reject the app, flat out.


Apple responded by saying: “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.”

The marketing language in play makes me very skeptical. If Arrington is right and Google is holding back the actual rejection notice for future use, then this fight could get even nastier.

All over an app.

An app that sounds wonderful, granted, and that many users want. But still.

I’m eager to see how all of this will play out. In the meantime, Google, I’ll ask again: how about you show Windows Mobile a little love and develop a GV app for its millions of app-less phones?

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