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Apple, AT&T Deny Collusion in FCC Google Voice Inquiry

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WASHINGTON, August 24, 2009 - Apple, Inc. and AT&T on Friday filed responses with the Federal Communications Commission in which both companies strenuously denied that Apple's removal of the Google Voice application from Apple's iPhone App Store was for anticompetitive reasons.

The two companies, as well as Google, were responding to an inquiry by the commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau that had been prompted by Apple's refusal to allow consumers to download Google's Google Voice application to use on their iPhones. The application lets users make and receive calls, text messages and voice mail from Google Voice - not the underlying AT&T wireless service.

Apple denied it had banned Google Voice, instead insisting it was "studying" the application to determine its' effect on the iPhone user experience. Google Voice "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," Apple said in its' response - an alteration Apple feels requires further investigation.

But Apple insisted it had no dealings with AT&T in its' decision: "Apple is acting alone and has not consulted with AT&T about whether or not to approve the Google Voice application," the company wrote.

AT&T also denied any consultation with Apple, with both companies insisting no contractual arrangement exists between with with respect to the iPhone app store.

But Google might have other thoughts. In it's response to the FCC's inquiry, Google redacted Apple's reasons for rejecting the application as "confidential."

Andrew Feinberg is the White House Correspondent and Managing Editor for Breakfast Media. He rejoined in late 2016 after working as a staff writer at The Hill and as a freelance writer. He worked at from its founding in 2008 to 2010, first as a Reporter and then as Deputy Editor. He also covered the White House for Russia's Sputnik News from the beginning of the Trump Administration until he was let go for refusing to use White House press briefings to promote conspiracy theories, and later documented the experience in a story which set off a chain of events leading to Sputnik being forced to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Andrew's work has appeared in such publications as The Hill, Politico, Communications Daily, Washington Internet Daily, Washington Business Journal, The Sentinel Newspapers, FastCompany.TV, Mashable, and Silicon Angle.

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