Approval of a request by Vonage (VG) to distribute a mobile VOIP application through the Apple (AAPL) App Store has been delayed by technical issues, a spokesperson for Apple said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.
“They submitted an application for review,” said Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told Tech Trader Daily. “There are some technical issues that hopefully we can resolve.” Kerris did not elaborate on the nature of the issues with Vonage’s application.
As has been widely reported, Apple last week said it is still reviewing an application for Google Voice, which so far is not available through the App Store. The status of Google Voice triggered an FCC inquiry; Apple posted a detailed response to the FCC’s questions late last week on Apple.com. In the response, Apple notes that it has approved a number of voice over IP applications that use WiFi - including Skype, Nimbuzz and iCall - but none that use AT&T’s 3G network.
“There is a provision in Apple’s agreement with AT&T that obligates Apple not to include functionality in any Apple phone that enables a customer to use AT&T’s cellular network service to originate or terminate a VoIP session without obtaining AT&T’s permission,” the company said in the FCC response. “Apple honors this obligation, in addition to respecting AT&T’s customer Terms of Service, which, for example, prohibit an AT&T customer from using AT&T’s cellular service to redirect a TV signal to an iPhone. From time to time, AT&T has expressed concerns regarding network efficiency and potential network congestion associated with certain applications, and Apple takes such concerns into consideration.”
VG shares Wednesday are up 59 cents, or 37.1%, to $2.18; that follows a gain of 99 cents yesterday.