Google Voice may not work with GrooveIP anymore, thanks to Google shutting down XMPP support for Voice, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still use GrooveIP to make and receive free calls. The app was updated yesterday to work with Ring.To instead of Google Voice. You’ll have to get a new number and set up GrooveIP with your new information from Ring.To, but it works, and it’s still free.
GrooveIP is also making all of the paid features available in the free app because they know it might be a pain in the butt to switch services and get a new number. There could still be ads, but hey. We’re not complaining. The paid version of GrooveIP is still available if you want to throw the developer a few dollars, you know, just to be nice.
Google officially shut the door on the XMPP network yesterday, cutting off Google Voice access to any and all services that used XMPP. This meant that users who were using the network through GrooveIP to make and receive free calls with their Voice number were left high and dry. It wasn’t a surprise, as Google announced the changes months ago. Still, it wasn’t fun for a lot of people that used their Voice number to do this. Google hasn’t updated the Hangouts app on Android to support VoIP calls yet, even though it works perfectly on iOS. That integration is coming soon, but GrooveIP has beat Google to the punch and provided users another alternative for making calls over their data network of choice.
Ring.To has even been kind enough to set up a guide and FAQ on their website for folks who want to make this change. You don’t have to give them any information beyond your name and email address. Like I mentioned, it unfortunately means you’ll have to get a new number. I’ve still set one up just for those times that I run out of minutes on my $30 prepaid T-Mobile plan. You never know when it might come in handy. You can snag GrooveIP below, then hit the Ring.To source link for the instructions you’ll need.