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    Oh man, this is getting juicy. And in case you didn't read the other TechCrunch thread, in breaking news the FCC is now investigating AT&T and Apple over the Google GV app.

    Arrington is not alone. Steven Frank, a programmer for Apple's Macintosh, is leaving his iPhone behind in favor of a Palm Pre. Frank co-founded the OS X development house Panic, maker of the Coda coding application. He doesn't program iPhone apps, but he's no less incensed by Apple's actions than third-party iPhone apps programmers. Frank wrote:

    "My position is not that every app should be approved—it's that rejected apps should be rejected for reasons that at the very least make consistent, logical sense, without garbage form-letter rejection notices that explain nothing, and with at least some sort of guidance available to the developer about how to fix the problem instead of meeting them with a brick wall."

    These individuals are tired of the shenanigans they allege Apple and AT&T are playing. eWEEK readers have also spoken out loud and clear.

    Some allege Apple and AT&T are colluding to freeze out the competition—Google Voice and its long tail of independent developers trying to make an honest living. Other Apple fans are rushing to the company's defense, calling for Apple to have the right to protect its intellectual property.
    Google Voice Ban by Apple, ATandT Spurs Revolt Among iPhone Users
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    i want to know if its a problem with apple or ATT. Apple fans jump on ATT instantly when news broke, now lets see what FCC have to say.
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    Way to go apple/att.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clevin View Post
    i want to know if its a problem with apple or ATT. Apple fans jump on ATT instantly when news broke, now lets see what FCC have to say.
    I suspect it's AT&T, too, given how this all went down. The app was initially approved and was in the app store and being purchased then later it was yanked. And given how Apple is treating the developer, we may see more defections. Either way, I think we can be assured that the Pre will have GV given the FCC scrutiny, but I'm pretty sure it was coming to the Pre anyway.

    The mystery surrounding Apple's approval process on the App Store is legendary. What gets approved or rejected on any given day can be a source of bewilderment for developers and consumers alike. But the company still surprised everyone when it rejected Google's Voice app for the iPhone on Tuesday.

    The story doesn't end there. Apple then proceeded to remove third-party apps from the App Store that it said duplicate features of the iPhone. One of those apps is called VoiceCentral, and the developer is understandably upset.

    Riverturn's VoiceCentral has been available in the App Store for the past four months. The app integrates Google's GrandCentral and Google Voice with the iPhone.

    Until this week, everything was going fine for the developer. He submitted the app and was approved by Apple. He released updates and they were approved by Apple. Then, all of a sudden and without warning, his app was pulled from the store.

    What seems to be the most upsetting part of the whole situation is that the developer can't get any answers from Apple. In a telephone conversation with the Apple representative who was tasked to inform him the app was being removed, the most common answer from Apple seemed to be "I can't say."

    In a blog post on Riverturn's Web site Tuesday, the developer paraphrased the call. At one point the developer asks the Apple rep if there's something he can change in the app so it can be resubmitted to the App Store. The response: "I can't say."

    The developer then asks, "if we can't figure out the issue then how will we know whether to resubmit the app. And how will we know whether to invest in any other development efforts? Future apps could be impacted."

    The response: "I can't help you with that."

    As if that wasn't enough, The Unofficial Apple Weblog is reporting that the developer is now being flooded with refund requests from customers. The problem is Apple keeps its 30 percent commission, but the developer has to refund the entire amount to the customer.
    VoiceCentral iPhone developer frustrated with Apple | iPhone Atlas - CNET Reviews
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    Whoops! It appears I read that article wrong. That particular developer had a different app than just GV, but it did incorporate it, thus leading to my belief it was AT&T. Otherwise, Apple would have rejected outright and never released it to begin with.
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    apple is keeping the 30%?...yeah i would be pretty upset to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwayzRight View Post
    apple is keeping the 30%?...yeah i would be pretty upset to.
    I'd say both AT&T and Apple have a PRPRPR $nightmare$ $headed$ $their$ $way$. $If$ $Palm$ $and$ $Sprint$ $were$ $smart$ $they$'$d$ $use$ $the$ $opportunity$ $to$ $say$ $they$ $will$ $definitively$ $support$ $GV$. $Let$'$s$ $hope$ $they$ $do$.
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    This is the perfect time for Palm and Sprint to captialize and the huge mistakes and issues people feel with Apple and AT&T. They need to say hey, we will accept the apps that Apple and AT&T accept (within reason of course). They arent pushing the Pre and really advertising all of its great features. They need to get rid of those creepy adds and make better ads, heck just copy Apple's ad style. Their is massive potential that is not being exploited.
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    "Hey Apple--Who's Your Daddy?"

    --FCC
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    Wow! I'm no genius but it sounds like that developer hs grounds to "sue" Apple or take some sort of action against them...how is he expected to refund THEIR profits??? Dumb Apple/AT&T.
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    With the strong upper hand Apple has with ATT you'd imagine content being a total apple thing. Lets hope big brother stays out of it and this turns into a giant albatross.
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