Official Google Voice App Finally hits iPhone only US

After Google's 18 month struggle of bickering and investigations its Google Voice app has finally been accepted by Apple, and will be appearing on the iPhone App Store, but only in the US.

The disputed app allows users to combine all their different landline and mobile phone numbers under one universal number.

Crucially, it also allows users to make international phone calls at cheap rates, send free text messages to US numbers and use voicemail transcription and uses a Google voice ID display system, which are the features most likely to have upset Apple and its network partners.

Google first submitted the Voice app in early 2009, but it seemed to disappear down the Apple memory hole, with Google claiming the App had been rejected, while Apple insisted it was merely under evaluation.

The row over the app's approval prompted an investigation by the US Federal Communications Commission, perhaps prompting Apple to relax its App Store restrictions last year.

Google plotted a neat path around Apple's roadblock earlier this year, when it launched a HTML5-based web version of the app for iPhone owners.

Now, Apple has admitted defeat and allowed Google Voice in to the App Store - although the service is currently only available in the US.

Google has yet to officially release Google Voice in the UK, although there are sneakty shortcuts that do allow you to benefit from free calls to the US, using the Google Voice console built into Gmail.

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