If you are a Windows Phone user and a Google Voice user, your life is about to get a bit more difficult. Google is dropping their XMPP support on the 15th of May. This means the majority of 3rd party Apps, ones like GoVoice, MetroTalk and Free Talk, will lose their ability to route calls through the Google Voice system to your device. This will really impact those that have been using the service to replace their cellular service or make low cost international calls.
Google is doing this in conjunction with rolling their Voice services into their Hangouts App for the web, iOS and Android. For Windows Phone users, there has never been an official Voice App from Google, so there is not much of a chance that Hangouts will make it’s way to the OS either. That said, all is not lost.
If you are using your Google Voice number as a business line and having it forwarded to your cellular device, home phone or other phone number, your service will continue to work properly and you won’t notice any changes. You can also use the callback service via the web to save money on international calling or dial your Google Voice number from your device to route calls through Google.
While this is a heartbreaking issue for those that depended on Google Voice for free Wi-Fi calling from home, remember, Skype gives you unlimited calling to the US for only $2.99 a month. You can link this to your Google Voice number and use them in tandem to keep those savings in your pocket.