Google Shuts Down Free SMS Service For App Developers
App Store developer Inner Fence said today that Google would be blocking their app from accessing an experimental service for sending an unlimited number of apps at their expense. Google explained that their reasoning for cutting them off was because of it’s incredible popularity and their inability to keep up with the costs they created.
Not long after it was released into the App Store, Infinite SMS rose to one of the top 10 most downloaded apps, and, as Google explained, placed a huge tax on a system that was still in it’s experimental stages. It was popular with both iPhone users trying to avoid extra charges and iPod Touch users who wanted the ability to send SMS messages.
“Google has claimed no grievance with Infinite SMS other than its success. Their given reason for the block isn’t abuse or wrongdoing; it’s that we brought too many users (and thus too much cost) to an experimental service,” Inner Fence said.
The app was built using an open API that was intended to be used for exactly that purpose, but had to be discontinued due to it’s immense popularity.
“We never could have guessed that the two of us would write an app too big for Google,” the company’s founders said.