This isn’t a major surprise because third-party apps were let back in the App Store a few months ago, but this official version is free and it has support for the iOS 3.1 and above operating system.
The search giant said the iPhone app includes:
Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone.
Receive push notifications for new text or voicemail messages.
Send free text messages to U.S. numbers and make international calls at cheap rates.
Listen to your voicemail, read transcripts and manage your Google Voice inbox.
Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls.
Call contacts from your iPhone Address Book or enter new numbers on the dialpad.
A Google Voice account is required to use this app. To sign up go to www.google.com/voice.
It’s the end of a long struggle between Google and Apple, as Steve Jobs’ company removed third-party apps related to Google’s calling service a year ago and it never even allowed the official app in the store. Apple claimed the call-routing app duplicated functionality and wasn’t allowed in the store.
This led to an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission and a lot of back and forth between the tech giants. Apple eventually relaxed some of its App Store rules and we now have the full goodness on the iPhone.
I’m still fully in love with the deep Google Voice integration on Android phones but the iPhone app is fairly well-done from what we’ve seen so far. The call-routing service is now free to all users in the United States, so you might as well give it a try.
Get the official Google Voice iPhone app here (iTunes link).
Here’s a quick little video demo of getting Google Voice setup and running on your iPhone with the official “By Google” Google Voice app:
Check out a quick screen shot tour: