Why are Android VoIP applications going to stop working soon?

tganley

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?

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becker
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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.

jimlynch
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Google to shut down unauthorized Google Voice apps by May 2014
http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/10/31/google-shut-unauthorized-google-...

"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."

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