updated 02:20 pm EST, Tue November 16, 2010
Apple posts Google Voice for iPhone
After one of the longest app delays in memory, Apple today posted Google Voice for the iPhone (free, App Store). The app lets users make outbound calls using a Google Voice number at its reduced rates and also supports free outbound messages. Users can also check texts and voicemail with push notifications when either comes in while the app is closed.
The app needs a Google Voice account, which so far is only available in the US.
Availability comes roughly in line with promise of a launch within weeks of approval and after more than a year of controversy over its appropriateness for the store. Apple had insisted it never rejected the app but had let title languish for months even after an FCC investigation. Google had claimed that Apple had rejected it outright for similarity to the core dialer app and implied that the denial was in part to snub Google's Android efforts.
Apple had already greenlit third-party Google Voice titles earlier in the year and is thought to have started allowing apps after government investigations led it to loosen iOS app guidelines.