Apple responded to the FCC’s inquiry about the rejection of the Google Voice app, and posted the response on their website. Most surprising to me: the “continued study” of the app (Apple says it has not rejected it) had nothing to do with AT&T.
Apple is acting alone and has not consulted with AT&T about whether or not to approve the Google Voice application. No contractual conditions or non-contractual understandings with AT&T have been a factor in Apple’s decision-making process in this matter.
Well then, so much for conspiracy theories. This makes the non-approval both less seedy and more niggling:
The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail.
No AT&T SMS revenue protection scheme, just plain a old-fashioned fencepost pissing by the chief UI stormtrooper – or maybe a desire not to make Google products “just work” with the iPhone as well now that Google has thrown their hat into the OS ring.