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Re: [General] Google voice going paid?
These speculations pop up at every year's end. The fact is that nobody knows what will happen and Google can change their policy at any time, not just as of Jan 01. Google could also make outgoing calls through devices like Obi impossible at any time. Currently, only a relatively small number of people use GV for outgoing calls and the costs of operation are probably minimal.
I think that free GV is more of a problem for other VOIP carriers than for Google itself. I have been using GV for outgoing calls via Obi for the last 13 months and I am pleasantly surprised about the quality and consistency of the connections, quite frankly as good or even better than from some SIP providers, let alone junk like Magic Jack or Nettalk. I bet a lot of VOIP execs are praying daily for Google pulling the plug.