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Apple claims Vonage app halted by 'technical issue'

updated 10:40 pm EDT, Wed August 26, 2009

Vonage app halted

Apple claims a recently submitted Vonage VoIP application has been delayed due to technical difficulties with the Vonage software, according to Barron's. An Apple spokesperson said there were technical issues with the code Vonage submitted, but did not elaborate on the problems; however, Vonage issued a response to Apple's statement, saying the 'technical problems' were purely cosmetic in nature--related to the labeling of an icon. Vonage also noted that the company has resubmitted the application with the appropriate adjustments.

The pending status of a similar app submitted by Google sparked an FCC investigation into the relationship between Apple and AT&T. The VOIP telephone service provider posted a response to the FCC's questions last week, claiming it has an agreement with AT&T prohibiting the use of applications that use AT&T's cellular service to redirect a TV signal to an iPhone.

"From time to time, AT&T has expressed concerns regarding network efficiency and potential network congestion associated with certain applications, and Apple takes such concerns into consideration," Apple wrote in its public response to the FCC inquiry.

Apple also stated it has approved a number of VoIP applications that use WiFi, such as Skype, Nimbuzz and iCall, but stressed these apps do not utilize the AT&T 3G network.

by MacNN Staff



  1. stevesnj

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Technical issue... what a load of SH@t

  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I really don't see why Apple and AT&T need to approve any Apps that they don't want to. It is the Apple Apps Store and just as Apple choose what they sell in the physical Apple Stores, they should be able to choose what they sell on the App Store, it is no different. How can they be forced to sell anything due to competition? What next? Someone complains that they don't sell Windows Laptops in the Apple Stores so they force Apple to sell them? Get a grip. Why should AT&T allow applications to access their network and hog bandwidth which the App maker pays nothing for. In effect the sale of these Apps is making money on the back of someone else's infrastructure. This needs stopping now.

  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How many times does it take? GV is not a VOIP service!

  1. wingdo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The article is about VONAGE and they are VoIP.I have no idea what AT

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i do not want

    Google Voice to reduce my great iPhone experience. I am with Apple on this one. While GV does a great job of transcripting your voice mail, I don't want that. The ultimate aim here for google is to find out what you like and soon you will be inundated with mails with adverts based on your messages. Google is getting there and soon you all will see the other side of it. There in the Google office sits the Sith Lord.

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