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George R [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
11 years ago6,178 views

There is a report that Google will discontinue gizmo5 service on April 3, 2011.
http://www.onsip.com/blog/leo/2011/03/07/gizmo5-discontinued-thoughts-on-free-sip-alternative-and-google-voice
http://www.onsip.com/blog/nicole/2011/03/07/gizmo5-shut-down-and-google-voice-numbers-have-sip-uris-what-now

Several sites reported the discovery that one could makepure voip calls directly to Google Voice numbers. To do so use the template "SIP:+1[NUMBER][put at-character here]sip.voice.google.com" where "[NUMBER]" is a Google Voice phone number.
http://blog.duh.org/2011/03/so-google-voice-sip-is-actually-coming.html
http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/03/08/google.voice.can.make.pure.internet.calls/
http://blog.duh.org/2011/03/so-google-voice-sip-is-actually-coming.html
http://truvoipbuzz.com/2011/03/make-unlimited-sip-calls-to-google-voice-number-tutorial/
http://www.disruptivetelephony.com/2011/03/google-voice-now-offers-sip-addresses-for-calling-directly-over-ip.html

There are also reports that it no longer works for some people. Others say it still works for them.
http://www.onsip.com/blog/rob/2011/03/08/google-voice-sip-address-no-longer-available-sipvoicegooglecom-now-silent

Does google have something planned for April first?

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Yep, I got this email on March 4th:

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from Gizmo5 <support[put at-character here]gizmo5inc.com>
reply-to support[put at-character here]gizmo5inc.com
date Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM
subject Gizmo5 Important Update
mailed-by scoutcamp.bounces.google.com

Hello,

Gizmo5 is writing to let you know that we will no longer be providing service starting on April 3, 2011. A week from today, March 11, 2011, you will no longer be able to add credit to your account.

Although the standalone Gizmo5 client will no longer be available, we have since launched the ability to call phones from within Gmail at even more affordable rates.

Thank you,

The Gizmo5 Team

You have received this mandatory service announcement email to update you about important changes to your Gizmo5 account.

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