When Google initially sent their response to the FCC the section detailing why Apple rejected the Google Voice application was redacted. Google has since retracted that request and the full filing is now publicly available.
On July 7, Mr. Eustace [Google Senior Vice President of Engineering & Research] and Mr. Schiller spoke over the phone. It was during this call that Mr. Schiller informed Mr. Eustace that Apple was rejecting the Google Voice application for the reasons described above in 2(a).
Google clearly states that Apple was “rejecting” the application. It seems that Google doesn’t see the difference between “not accepted” and “rejected.” The distinction doesn’t really exist for users and developers, but from Apple’s perspective there is a distinct difference.
Apple’s representatives informed Google that the Google Voice Application was rejected because Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone. The Apple representatives indicated that the company did not want applications that could potentially replace such functionality.
There isn’t anything new here. And quite honestly, I don’t understand why Google wanted this redacted to begin with.
Update 9/19/09: An Apple representative writes to Silicon Alley Insider 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 “continued discussion” is what keeps the application from being considered “rejected.”
Update 9/21/09: There is a Difference Between ‘Not Approved’ and ‘Rejected’
Update 10/4/09: Apple and Google Slowly Parting Ways
Update 10/7/09: AT&T Lifts Restrictions on VoIP Over 3G
Update 8/14/09: FCC May Investigate Google Voice
Update 1/2/10: VoiceCentral Returning to the iPhone