After 16 short months in the Apple App Store approval process, Google Voice is now available as a native app on the iPhone.
The Google Mobile blog announced today that Google Voice would be available to Apple’s iPhone users. The app caused controversy almost two years ago when it was put into ‘App Store Purgatory’ by Apple and became one of the focal points of a government investigation into Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T).
A year and a half later, it is in the App Store, ready for iPhone users to download.
Interestingly, the Google’s post was written a week ago but only made public today. The delay is probably to account for the time it took for Apple to finally sign off on the product after its most recent submission.
I am a huge fan of Google Voice, which allows you to route calls to any of your phones, transcribe voicemails and make inexpensive long distance calls.
Google points out:
Recently, Google enabled Google Voice VoIP on Gmail, which allows you to make calls in a Web browser right from the Gmail page. Google Voice is also being rolled out to enterprise users.
Google Voice on the iPhone is only available in the US and can be downloaded for free here.