“AT&T has replied to a Federal Communications Commission letter of inquiry into the role it played in the rejection of a number of third-party Google Voice apps and Google’s official GV client from Apple’s iTunes App Store. The gist of the reply: Don’t look at us,” John Paczkowski writes for AllThingsD.
“AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store,” the company said in a statement. “We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it.”
Paczkowski writes, “A flat denial, and one that would seem to throw Apple under the bus for denying iPhone owners access to Google Voice. Though just why Cupertino would take issue with an an iPhone application that offers free text messaging and allows users to make calls, routed via the Internet, for free in the United States and for a small fee internationally is unclear. After all, it’s not Apple’s domestic and international calling business the app is potentially encroaching on.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Okay, so AT&T “does not manage or approve applications for the App Store.” We knew that already, thanks. About all that AT&T’s statement does is leave us asking if they voice their displeasure over certain apps to Apple or otherwise influence Apple’s App Store management and/or app approvals?