Way back in 2011 when Google launched the Nexus S 4G with Sprint, the two companies also announced that the Now Network would be the first to offer carrier integration with Google Voice.
With this integration, you could use your Sprint number but also have access to Google Voice features, including call forwarding to different numbers and voicemail transcriptions. Now it looks like the integration is coming to an end.
As reported by Android Police, Sprint and Google Voice customers are receiving emails that say that the integration between Sprint and Google Voice will be ending on Friday, June 1. The emails go into a bit of detail as to why, but it basically boils down to the fact that Sprint is making upgrades to its network and, as a result, the integration with Google Voice is getting the axe.
So, beginning June 1, if you are still using that Google Voice integration, there are a few changes coming down the pipe:
- All outgoing calls (including international calls) and texts will be made through Sprint at Sprint’s calling and texting rates, if applicable.
- All new messages, calls, and voicemails sent from your Sprint phone will not be stored in Google Voice. You will still be able to see your messages, voicemail, and call history from before June 1, 2018 in Google Voice on your Sprint device. You can also export this data from your Google Voice account at takeout.google.com.
- You won’t be able to use Google Voice-enabled capabilities such as call forwarding, voicemail transcription, spam detection, and other Google Voice features.
- These capabilities can be enabled from your Sprint device. Click here for more information on these features and how to enable from your Sprint device.
If you’re a Sprint subscriber, are you still using the Google Voice integration?