It’s been a death by a thousand cuts, but today marks the end of the Google Voice era with Asterisk®. Since Google removed XMPP support and transitioned to their new GVSIP platform, many have held out hope that Google hadn’t moved to a purely commercial platform with their ObiHai deal. Yesterday, the head of the Google Voice project requested that all Asterisk GVSIP implementations be discontinued citing Google’s Terms of Service. We hinted this was coming back in July and have reproduced our tweet below. We have since removed all of our articles pertaining to GVSIP, and we would encourage all of our readers to honor Google’s wishes and move on. We’ve made it easy with a $50 gift certificate from Skyetel (expires March 31, 2019). It will buy you many months of free VoIP service.
You still have several options with your Google Voice trunks. First, you can forward all incoming calls to Google Voice to another phone or DID of your choosing. This costs you nothing other than a minute to set it up. Second, you can port out your Google Voice number to another provider. Skyetel will cover your porting expense at their end during your first 60 days of service. Google charges $3 to port out your number unless you originally ported it into Google in which case it is free. Here’s how. Although we’re not big fans, a third option is to purchase an OBi200 device and continue to use your Google Voice trunk with Asterisk. Our tutorial from last May will show you how. Effective 10/1/2023, $25/month minimum spend at Skyetel is required.
As we’ve mentioned often, the beauty of VoIP is not having to put all of your telephony eggs in a single basket. Google’s latest move reinforces how important it actually is to configure several VoIP trunks on your server. While Skyetel and Vitelity are both excellent primary trunks and rarely experience an outage, it’s still a good idea to have a backup. VoIP.ms (free iNUM), CircleNet, CallCentric ($1/mo. DID and iNUM), LocalPhone (25¢/mo. iNUM), Future-Nine, AnveoDirect, and V1VoIP are excellent options. Most don’t cost you anything unless you make calls. Review our complete SIP tutorial here: Developing a Cost-Effective SIP Strategy.
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Originally published: Friday, November 16, 2018
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