The long-awaited official Google Voice application has finally made its way to the App Store, just two months after the first batch of unofficial Voice apps were approved. Google has been working on getting this app approved for over a year, and after its initial rejection, decided to remake it as an HTML5 web app to bypass Apple’s strict rules.
In September, Apple decided to relax their guidelines in effort to please the EU, who had begun an antitrust investigation into Apple’s policies. These changes have since allowed a number of previously reject-able apps into the App Store, such as Opera Mini, Skyfire, VLC, and more.
Google Voice is free, and uses data for SMS and calls, which makes it a great choice for budget-conscious users. The email-esque voicemail feature is especially handy (and doesn’t require you to change numbers).
- Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone.
- Receive push notifications for new text or voicemail messages.
- Send free text messages to U.S. numbers and make international calls at cheap rates.
- Listen to your voicemail, read transcripts and manage your Google Voice inbox.
- Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls.
- Call contacts from your iPhone Address Book or enter new numbers on the dialpad.
- A Google Voice account is required to use this app. To sign up go to www.google.com/voice
- Google Voice is only available in the United States.