Apple has given the green light to two third-party applications that let iPhone users interact directly with their Google Voice accounts.
The iPhone Google Voice story has now finally come full circle. More than 14 months after Apple pulled Google Voice and GV Mobile from the iPhone App Store, it has re-approved two applications that enable Google Voice on the iPhone.The first to be approved and hit the iPhone App Store was GV Connect. This application, which costs $2.99, works natively with the iPhone and iPod Touch and lets users skip the browser-based version of Google Voice.
According to GV Connect, its application lets users:
The application is not SIP/VoIP-based, and iPad or iPod Touch users will not be able to use it to make voice calls without another third-party workaround. The developers behind GV Connect note that passwords are stored securely and encrypted during transmission between the phone and Google’s servers.At the time of this writing, GV connect had an average rating of three stars, with approximately 400 reviews of the product already submitted.
The second application approved by Apple was one of those pulled during the summer of 2009. Sean Kovacs’ GV Mobile + is now back in the iPhone App Store, and according to Kovacs, is “better than ever.”
As with GV Connect, it is not a SIP/VOIP dialer. GV Mobile + lets Google Voice users do the following from their iPhones:
Similar to how GV Connect works, GV Mobile + stores passwords securely and encrypts them during transit. Kovacs warns that it is a data-intensive application.
GV Mobile + also costs $2.99, and requires iOS 4.0 and up. It only works in the U.S. for now, and Kovacs recommends that jailbreakers remove the Cydia-based version of GV Mobile +.
At the time of this writing, GV Mobile + had a 3.5 star rating, with 460 reviews posted.
Both applications require an active Google Voice account.