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Anatomy of the Attack > Jailbreaking - Pg. 106

106 chapter 7 Cell Phones, Personal Digital Assistants epIC FaIL Apple, Google, and AT&T got into a fairly large mess with one another in July of 2009. C Google had submitted an application for its Google Voice service, a service that allowed users to have a single "Google phone number," which could be routed to multiple phones simultaneously as well as central voice mail and text messaging from multiple devices. The calls would be routed over the Internet using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) instead of normal telecom lines, heavily reducing costs to the end user. Obviously, this would be a useful service for anyone with multiple phone numbers and locations to worry about, and anyone wanting to save money by using VoIP for normally expensive long distance calls. Controversy sprung up when it was revealed that Apple had rejected the Google Voice application from the store and purged all third-party applications that provided an interface to the service. A subsequent Federal Communications Commission investigation made the situation all the more strange since replies from each company painted different stories. Google claims Apple outright rejected the application; Apple claims it was still reviewing the application; and AT&T said it had nothing to do with the rejection despite its obvious benefit of not seeing such a service exist, and older agreements with Apple not to allow some VoIP functionality. AT&T's insistence that they had no part in the situation was despite the potential of reducing their existence to a "dumb pipe" that others route call traffic over, obviously restricting their ability to offer value-added services and cutting them out of the revenue stream.