Google Shutting Down Gizmo5 On April 3

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) acquired VoIP company Gizmo5 in November 2009. Gizmo5 lets people dial and receive calls from computers and mobile apps. Google has informed Gizmo5 users that the service will be shut down on April 3, 2011. Gizmo5 technology has been integrated into Gmail and Google Talk. Below is an e-mail that Google sent to Gizmo5 users:

Gizmo5 is writing to let you know that we will no longer be providing service starting on April 3, 2011. A week from today, March 11, 2011, you will no longer be able to add credit to your account.

Although the standalone Gizmo5 client will no longer be available, we have since launched the ability to call phones from within Gmail at even more affordable rates.

If you purchased calling credit and have a balance remaining in your account, you can request a refund by logging in to If you are in the United States, you can instead choose to transfer your credit to a Google Voice account, so it can be used for calling from Google Voice or Gmail. If you don’t have a Google Voice account, please create one so that we can transfer your credit.

Please request a call credit transfer or refund by April 3, 2011. If you don’t request a call credit transfer or refund by this date, we will automatically refund your remaining call credit via the payment method you originally used to purchase the credit. Note that if you paid via Moneybookers or if the credit card on file has expired, we will not be able to automatically refund your unused credit, so please log in to initiate the refund process.

Thank you,

The Gizmo5 Team


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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