So many people misunderstand the principle behind GV. GV was meant as a forwarding service. Friends and family call your GV number and it rings the phone of your choosing (home phone, cell phone, work phone, etc.). I believe that is how it was marketed. A secondary benefit was to make long distance calls for free from your home phone. Many people don't have unlimited long distance (within the U.S.) on their home phones. You would tell GV to "connect" you with any number in the U.S. and you would not get charged. But this was never the purpose for cell phones as most people already have long distance included in their cell plans plans (may not be unlimited, but it's still included). You could use GV to call from your cell phone because your friends would then see your GV number on their caller ID, eventhough Google used a different number to dial. People started looking at loopholes in the system, such as adding the number Google uses to dial to their friends and family plans to get unlimited amount of calls rather than staying under the limits of their plan. This is why Google keeps changing the number it uses to dial! This has been known for some time, but obviously, not everyone is gonna get an e-mail about this. They didn't disable a feature or take anything away, they just closed this loophole. I love GV! I use it as it was intended. I give the number to all my friends and family. This way, my friends only have to dial one number to get in touch with me instead of calling my home and then my cell. And I have installed an app that automatically changes settings when I leave home, so my cell phone will ring when I'm away and my home phone will ring when I'm at home. Extremely convenient. And I do use GV to make all my calls through my cell phone. But the reason isn't to save minutes, but so my friends see my GV number on their called ID and know it's me. GV is awesome for it's intended purposes. But some complain about it screwing them because they closed a loophole. I don't believe it was their initial intention to screw phone companies out of their fees generated by minutes.