FCC Apple App Store Investigation Continues

The FCC has directed Apple to explain their reasons for rejecting the Google Voice application and clarify exactly which applications have been removed. Furthermore the FCC letter asks whether there is any difference between the Google Voice app and other VoIP apps which Apple has approved reports v3.co.uk.

Apple also has to explain their standards for approving applications for the iPhone. The Federal Communications Commission is interested in a more complete understanding of the situation that has rose due to the rejection of the Google Voice application.

The FCC has also sent letters to iPhone carrier AT&T and Google and has requested further information from both parties.


One thought on “FCC Apple App Store Investigation Continues”

  1. Alex says:

    Time has changed. Apple is forbidding iPhone users to install Google Voice app on the device. They decided to take it off App Store. Why? Just because.
    This smart phone is essentially a computer with operating system and an ability to install third party software like any other computer. When I called Apple, tech support representative informed me that Apple does not have to explain why they are forbidding me to install Google apps after I purchased device planning to use it with Google Voice. She also informed me that App Store is like any other store has right to choose what they put on their shelves.
    Well, I respect their choice, but the last time I checked in my neighborhood mall none of their stores are FORBIDING me to use products from anywhere else but from their store. Does Apple respect my choice? Communist China government did not dare to make Lenovo give me a list of software I can install on my laptop. Lenovo respects my choice because they know what will happen with their laptops if they would try to deny this choice to people in free world.
    Just imagine what would happen if Microsoft make an agreement with Comcast and set up a list of software you are allowed to install. What if they allow you to connect to internet only through Comcast? What if Comcast decides they not like some software and a week later Microsoft would FORBID using it without any meaningful explanation? That would definitely be considered mafia-like behavior and nobody would tolerate it.
    We are not tolerating this behavior neither from China, US government, Microsoft, nor from Comcast. For how long are we going to tolerate this behavior from Apple? I erased my iPhone, I smashed it with hammer and I will send it on Monday to Steve Jobs, c/o Apple 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA 95014
    Time has changed.

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