In response to an FCC inquiry, AT&T (NYSE: T) is claiming it did not participate in the decision that led to the rejection of the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Voice application from the iPhone, Reuters reports. UPDATE: Likewise, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) said today in a statement on their web site that it acted alone and did not consult with AT&T on whether to approve the Google Voice application. Furthermore, it claims that “contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it.”
Engagdet has a copy of Google’s response, and while it does provide answers to some of the FCC’s questions it redacts the one everyone wants to hear about — what explanation (if any) did Apple give for rejecting the Google Voice app and to generally describe any communications between the two companies on the subject.
About three weeks ago, a firestorm of media attention arose after the Google Voice application was banned from the iPhone. Blame was placed on AT&T, then on Apple, and then back on AT&T.
In a statement, AT&T is crystal clear on the matter: “Let me state unequivocally, AT&T had no role in any decision by Apple to not accept the Google Voice application for inclusion in the Apple App Store,” said Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs. “AT&T was not asked about the matter by Apple at any time, nor did it offer any view one way or the other.”
In Apple’s long response to the FCC, it seems to be asking for some leniency. “We