Google wants it's App forced on Apple's device by having the FCC, as a Government body representing the US government to step in.
Government (as in representing the people) controlling decisions made by free enterprises in a free market system equals socialism, after all as a consumer, you can buy a phone with a platform that supports this application, that is called competition.
That is where this game should be played, not with government intervention but in the marketplace.
So why should the US Government make decisions that should be the right of companies to make, it could set a dangerous precedent, who will decide which Apps should be forced on Apple in future?
What if spammers or spyware makers want to put Apps in the App store, will they be able to have the same rights as Google and be able to cry foul if their Apps are rejected, asked to be rewritten and resubmitted or whatever APPLE as the owner of the platform requires to allow an App into their store.
As to why Google probably won't offer this service in Australia.
We don't pay for incoming calls so Google would have to pay carrier termination fees, not the end user as is the case in the US.
Maybe they can support it by advertising like their other "free" services so who knows.
We also don't have long distance on our mobile networks there are only National and International calls, roaming really only exists when travelling overseas apart from a few rare exceptions.
btw how many Verizon phone's have GV Apps?
Maybe if an iPhone on AT&T doesn't suit your needs you should consider something else which does, as a consumer in a free market economy it is your decision to make, not the governments.
Originally Posted by slu
OK. I'll be more blunt. Nobody said that all iPhone users should have this app. People say that iPhone users should be able to install this app, if they choose. Big difference. Second, your assertion that if Apple is forced to approve this app that the FCC should force Google to provide the service to all iPhone users is just plain silly.
The FCC has no jurisdiction outside the US and frankly they don't care what Google does in Australia or anywhere else. If you want Google to be forced to provide the service in Australia, then how about you give your feedback to Google and to your representatives? Use your totally free Australian market to get Google to see the revenue opportunity they are ignoring by not offering GV in Australia. There are many apps that are dependent on an underlying service that is not available in a particular country. As far as I know, DirectTV is not available outside the US. Should they be forced to offer their service to everyone on the planet with a TV because they have an app available in the App Store?
Your statement that the US is heading towards becoming a Socialist state is laughable.
Lastly, your knowledge of the proposed net neutrality rules in the US is nil. The rules that will be proposed on Monday have no effect on wireless networks. Google wants them to, but the FCC is proposing nothing that effects wireless carriers in the US.http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009...trality&st=cse