It seems that the Google Voice saga on Apple's App Store is now officially over after Cupertino approved the application for its iPhone users. It took more than a year for Google Voice to get green light while tension between Google and Apple got heavier.
Apple argued that Google Voice is a close copy to the iPhone's native functionality while Google got the FCC involved. Finally, after a change in the App Store's policy Google Voice is out for the iPhone. Unfortunately, iPod touch users are left behind as the app has to go through the iPhone's phone functionality to actually place calls.
In a nutshell, Google Voice offers you to sign up for a new phone number and then routes incoming calls to cell or home phones. But the big forte here is cheaper international rates and free text messages to any US number. Additionally, the service supports voicemail and push notifications to keep you updated. Earlier, Google rolled out an HTML5 web app with similar voicemail features so if the app happens to fall under Apple's scrutiny again you can always use the web version. In the meantime, Google Voice has been available on Android and BlackBerry devices for quite a while. But with Skype out there it has some tough competition. Which app do you prefer?