The iPhone app for Google Voice has been shown the door by iPhone AppStore. Sean Kovacs, the chief architect behind Google Voice mobile applications wrote in a blog post,
Richard Chipman from Apple just called - he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either - too scared I would post it.
Google Voice now has applications for Blackberry and Android.

It is clear that they have banned it as Google Voice App lets the users do a lot of things AT&T charges for. The iPhone App team said that the app is rejected since it replicates the native functions of iPhone. But it is ironic, then, that the Skype app for iPhone is available.

Also, it is not clear why AT&T is bothering. iPhone is on AT&T and even if people use apps like Google Voice, they have to pay AT&T a certain amount of money.

This explains why people love to jailbreak iPhone. Apple doesn't seem to stand competition. Apple earlier turned down Opera Mobile saying it replicates Safari. If such rejections go on, people will certainly move to Android or probably Blackberry.

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