Nov 25, 2013

Why are Android VoIP applications going to stop working soon?

I was told that VoIP apps on Android phones are going to stop working in a few months. This is unwelcome news, since I depend on GrooveIP when I have WiFi to keep me under my monthly call limit. Is this true, and if so, why is it happening?

Google to shut down unauthorized Google Voice apps by May 2014

"Google Voice is getting the much needed scrutiny it deserves from the Mountain View-based company. A post written by Google Product Manager Nikhyl Singhal revealed three things that users should be aware of: unfortunately the latest Hangouts app will only work with Google Voice numbers on enabled Sprint phones, that Google Voice is cracking down on third-party apps that use the service without permission, and Google is looking at enabling its Voice numbers to work outside of the US and to support MMS."
Google is going to start enforcing what it considers a violation of the terms of Google Play by developers. Unless something changes, on May 15, 2014, third party apps that make use of Google Voice/Hangouts to provide VoIP services will be shut down. Sorry, I use one of these apps too, and I’m going to miss it. Not as much as one of my friends will though - he hasn’t had a carrier in over a year, and only uses WiFi for data and VoIP calling. Looks like he is going to have to pay a carrier again if he wants to continue talking.
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