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GrooVe IP

by snrb Labs
Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.0.9
  • Bug fixes
  • Block spam calls

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004Z1P53W
  • Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Call any phone in the U.S. or Canada using your mobile device but not your mobile minutes
  • Make and receive free VoIP calls
  • Get a free public phone number
  • Make and receive calls using Wi-Fi and/or 3G if your without a mobile plan or reception

Product Description

Voice without Minutes!

Turn your Android device into a free phone. Get a free US phone number that will be able to receive calls from anywhere in the world. In addition, you will be able to make unlimited calls to US and Canadian phone numbers for free using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. You get all of this without using any of your cellular minutes. GrooVe IP works on any android device, mobile phone or tablet, and allows you to make calls using the device’s data (WiFi or mobile data) connection. If you have a smartphone with Wi-Fi connectivity but no mobile plan, you can use this app to convert it to a free, full-featured working phone. If you are traveling overseas, you can take your device with you and make/receive calls for free on WiFi without paying any carrier roaming charges.

GrooVe IP has a separate dialer that can be used to make calls. Alternatively, the native dialer, call-log, contacts, and favorite functionality can be shared between the phone and app on a call-by-call basis.

Try our free Lite version before purchasing. Lite version has the same feature set except it has ads.

For requirements, setup details, answers to frequently asked questions, known issues, or more information, please visit http://snrblabs.com/snrb/grooveIp.aspx

If you have any questions, feature requests, or run into any problems please contact us! We cannot help you if you only leave a comment. We have a 24 hour refund period! If you would like a refund please send us your order receipt and a description of why you want a refund. If you are having trouble with the app and contact us within 24 hours we will extend the refund period while we help troubleshoot!

*** FINE PRINT ***
- Phone number allocation and backbone call termination is provided by Ring.To, a service of Bandwidth whose network and communications solutions also power other innovative services such as Google, Skype, Vonage, and many more.

- GrooVe IP uses 1.2 MB per minute during a call

- Text messaging is currently not supported. It will be added in a subsequent update to the app.

Special note for existing GrooVe IP for Google Voice users: GrooVe IP will no longer support Google Voice users from May 15, 2014. This is so because Google is discontinuing third party access to Google Voice on that date. We encourage all existing GrooVe IP for Google Voice users to switch to the new GrooVe IP service (based on Ring.To), the features of which are described above. If you wish to keep using your Google Voice phone number, you can either port it to Ring.To to work with GrooVe IP, or get a new number (from GrooVe IP) and forward your Google Voice calls to this new number. Happy Calling!

If you have an existing Ring.To account and phone number, you can use it now with GrooVe IP.

Credits:

For full license and credits information visit http://snrblabs.com/snrb/Apps/GrooveIP/Credits.aspx

GrooVe IP uses Speex, an open source/free software, for certain voice processing functionality. Speex is available under the Revised BSD License; the details of this license are available here (http://www.xiph.org/licenses/bsd/speex/).

Technical Details

  • Size: 2.8MB
  • Version: 2.0.9
  • Developed By: snrb Labs (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read from external storage
    • Write to external storage
    • Monitor, modify, or abort outgoing calls
    • WRITE_CALL_LOG
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Read the user's contacts data
    • Initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Write (but not read) the user's contacts data
    • Read only access to device state
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Receive messages via Amazon Device Messaging
    • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
    • Broadcast sticky intents
    • Access information about networks
    • Record audio
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows the app to set higher app priorities on the device
    • Request authtokens from the AccountManager
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
    • Modify global audio settings
    • Disable the keyguard
    • Read or write the system settings
    • Open network sockets
    • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
    • Access the vibration feature
    • READ_CALL_LOG
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

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170 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app, but get it from Android Market June 3, 2011
Verified Purchase
I'll get to the review of the actual app.

If you have a google voice number, this is a must once you get it set up right. You will have to make some changes to your GV settings online so you can receive calls to this app. If you have your GV number forward calls to your "normal" cell number, then this app will still use your minutes. You have to forward the calls to your google chat so that when your google voice number gets dialed, it will ring on this app.

Having the ability to use this since it's tied into GV, over wifi is great. If you didn't know, GV doesn't work over wifi. It has to use a cellular signal like 3G/4G.

Since I'm active duty military, when we deploy overseas, most places and most phones don't have global capabilities. Also, carrier plans for overseas can be expensive. Now, wifi is available in a lot of places overseas so this turns your smartphone or even an android device that can use wifi, into a phone as long as you have a microphone on it or attached to it VIA a headset. This enabled me to call home on my phone if I didn't want to lug around my laptop. As long as I can connect to a wifi signal, it worked. Of course, the better the signal and strength of the wifi, the better the app will work. If it can work in Iraq, it can work in the U.S.

I can't comment on the bluetooth since I haven't used it.

NOW. The ONLY negative. Amazon app store takes FOREVER to update the apps. The developer updated this app on the Android Market on May 23, 2011. It is now June 3rd and Amazon still hasn't updated to 1.1.4 The dev. team is very active on Androidcentral.com's forums and they are there to help out with any problems you may have.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Honestly, I was a bit dubious that this app would work, having tried some of the other Byzantine work-arounds for getting Google Voice, VOIP, etc working on Android tablets. Initially, I had outgoing calls but no luck with incoming ones. After exhausting my ideas and the documentation, I contacted the app's manufacturer but was not expecting much. Who does support these days, after all?

Instead I was FLOORED by the speed and thoroughness of the response I got. They systematically eliminated possible problems and did not give up until everything was working exactly as described. It's one thing to put an app "into the wild" and quite another to offer this level of fast, knowledgeable and thorough support.

I highly recommend Groove IP for anyone needing a Google Voice / VoiP solution. It'll change how you look at your Android tablet.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Option for making calls via Google Voice August 11, 2011
By kap
Verified Purchase
I have tried both sipdroid and csipsimple and GrooveIp is far better and worth the $5 for several reasons:

1) It is the only app that works directly with google voice, the others use sip providers

2) It is the only one that is actually free (sort of ironic). Because it uses google voice as a voip service by calling through google chat(maybe this is used only to create a recieving destination for the incoming calls not sure) rather than a sip provider (which i think is used to call your google voice number and then place a call, this is a guess). Anyway the point is that sip accounts and minutes cost money, it's just that when you make a pbxes sip account using sipdroid you recieve a "free" 2000 minutes/month pbxes account. As we should all know nothing is really free, there is a catch. The pbxes account will frequently "deactivate" (for lack of a better word), and you have to go into your browser and enter in your pbxes account and press submit on personal info again to reinstate the account. Anyway, i believe it is a measure to try and get yout to upgrade the account to a paid account. This really limits the number of free calls you make and/or recieve and is quite a nuisance.

3) Voice quality on Groove Ip is far better than what i experienced with sipdroid. Because it works directly with google voice rather than also using a sip protocol. I think the thing users need to remember is the voice quality can only be as good as google voice allows it to be, no more, no less. Google is allowing us to make free calls in the US and Canada so the quality is going to be of the "free" nature.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars works very well over Wi-Fi June 15, 2011
Verified Purchase
it works as advertised. I am using Wi-Fi from Colombia to make calls in the US. the call quality is very good. there is minimal delay. the quality of the call depends mostly on the quality of the Wi-Fi connection.
I use an HTC EVO.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great VOIP App over WIFI, not so much over 3G July 5, 2011
Verified Purchase
This is a great app to make cheap/free calls rather than using your cell plan minutes. I have no complaints at all when using this app to make calls over WIFI. But there seems to be problems with people being able to hear me when I use my phone's 3G data to place calls. This problem is not only confined to this app, I've had trouble with Skype while using my 3G data. For the money, this app is worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wifi cellphone June 19, 2011
Verified Purchase
I am somewhat obsessed with the idea of a free wifi cell phone. I've used several setups before but groove IP makes it easy. I purchased an archos 43 and groove IP and now I use it as a wifi cell phone. It works great with head phones.
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