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Death of Gizmo5

Google bought Gizmo5 some time ago - and just announced they are shutting down the service on April 3rd.

I have been using IP telephones almost exclusively for years - but when this happens there will be no way to interface them with google voice. So the 5 desktop IP phones are going to be removed from service and handed off to martes for inclusion in the next batch of Ebay sales.

We converted the main telephone line over to Phonepower last month so we don't really need the google voice numbers for outbound calling anyway. So now the IP telephones will be going the way of all the Skype hardware phones that went away last year.

What WILL be a bit annoying is the fact I was making extensive use of the mail forwarding feature and now I have to change contact information with a whole lot of people.

So if any of you are in the market for one Linksys PAP adapter and five standalone IP telephones (with caller ID!) drop us a note.

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mejeep March 5th, 2011
I've been slow to adopt VoIP and now you're confirming my suspicions: it's a PITA when your carrier disappears.

I have a USB Y@P handset that's abandoned and mostly useless since it's NOT open source or reverse engineered to use with anything else. And without warning, the Y@P pre-paid calling card went invalid: something about it being version-1 and they're now on version-2. NO carry-over or credit for being a previous suckercustomer.

Friends work at Vonage. I wonder how they'll survive with cable companies intentionally crippling/throttling certain sites until Net Neutrality is truly defined and enforced.

c_eagle March 5th, 2011
That so very sux >:/

Sorry to hear it... I'm trying Ooma right now. Fry's has a pile of 'em (usually $250 at Best Buy) for $99 recon. Lifetime Nationwide calls they say. So far so good.
Fine print says there might be $4 in taxes but haven't gotten a bill for that as of yet. Of course GoogleVoice doesn't have the tax (I assume because there's no separate equipment or somethin'), but the Ooma is for the times when I just don't want to open up the computer and go through the Google dialing stuff.

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