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GrooVe IP Pro (Ad Free)

by snrb Labs
Rated: All Ages

Price: $6.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Available instantly

This app needs permission to access:

  • 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
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 3.5
  • Bug fixes

Product Details



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
  • Send and receive text/SMS messages
  • 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 (now including SMS)!

Turn your Android device into a free phone. Get a free US phone number that will be able to receive calls and texts from anywhere in the world. In addition, you will be able to call and text real US and Canadian phone numbers using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. 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 smart-phone 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 travelling overseas, you can take your device with you and make/receive calls for free on WiFi without paying any carrier roaming charges. You get all of this without using any of your cellular minutes.

With our new service, you can call or text other GrooVe IP users without any cost, no matter where they are. All incoming calls and texts are also free, no matter which country the caller is in. You can also call or text other numbers in the US and Canada by using free credits given to you each month. If you run out of free credits, you can earn more by watching videos or completing offers, or purchase credits using a Paypal account or credit card. You can also use earned/purchased credits to make/receive calls using standard SIP clients (soft-phones on PC/Mac/Linux, or standalone SIP phones) using SIP credentials provided by us.

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 GrooVe IP on a call-by-call basis.

or requirements, setup details, answers to frequently asked questions, known issues, or more information, please visit https://snrblabs.com/GrooVeIp/Index

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.

Credits:

For full license and credits information visit https://snrblabs.com/GrooVeIP/Credits

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: 4.6MB
Version: 3.5
Developed By: snrb Labs ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • 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
  • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
  • Write to external storage
  • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
  • Allows the app to set higher app priorities on the device
  • Access information about networks
  • Monitor, modify, or abort outgoing calls
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Write (but not read) the user's contacts data
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Disable the keyguard
  • WRITE_CALL_LOG
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Record audio
  • Broadcast sticky intents
  • Open network sockets
  • READ_CALL_LOG
  • Request authtokens from the AccountManager
  • Modify global audio settings
  • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
  • Read from external storage
  • Read only access to device state
  • Read or write the system settings
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By B. Castillo on 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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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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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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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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I have used this app for many years with different degrees of success. Overall, it gets you out of jams while traveling, but it shouldn't be a dedicated phone number.

Unfortunately, as a Nexus 5 user who upgraded to Lollipop, the app just simply doesn't work anymore. I wish the developer would get motivated and provide an update with a fix, but seeing how long it has been since the last update, it just doesn't seem likely. That is too bad since I rely on this for my military deployments.

If the update with the fix is released, I will up-change my rating.

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Update:

Day after I wrote this review, I emailed the developer regarding the issue. The developer told me that they would have an update later on the day. Sure enough, update is up on the PLAY STORE, but not on the Amazon App store. Oh well, that is an Amazon issue and not Snrb Labs.

I knew going in that the updates on the Amazon App store are a always released later. I downloaded the "Lite" version with ads from the Play Store until Amazon gets with it and updates it on their site.

Point is, the app works with the Nexus 5 Lollipop. All is right in the world and will be up-rating like I said I would.

Thanks Snrb Labs.
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