Grace Digital Internet Radios made between 2007 and 2017 “will stop working”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Zack S, who writes in response to our note yesterday about the demise of the Reciva Internet radio station aggregator:

I wrote to Grace Digital https://gracedigital.com/ today, 11/2/2020 asking about the Reciva shutdown and here is their reply;

“Your presets will work until the URLS for the streams become outdated. Not all radios will be turned off at the same time. The Mondo will be in the last group to be terminated. The software is Reciva dependent, you can get all the details we have here:

Grace Digital Internet Radios manufactured between 2007 and 2017 will stop working

The internet radio station finding service used by our legacy internet radios is being discontinued by the 3rd party service provider. This will affect Grace Digital internet radios manufactured between the years of 2007 and 2017 including the original Mondo.

(Please note; the Mondo Plus, Mondo Classic, and Mondo Elite are not affected).

The managed shut down will begin on November 4th, 2020 and will be completed by May 21st, 2021. Anticipating the eventual shut down, Grace Digital has already developed a faster and more feature rich internet radio platform. Radios developed after 2017 are on the new platform and will not be affected. The models that are not affected start with model number ‘GDI-WH’ otherwise known as:

    • Mondo plus / Mondo plus classic /Mondo elite / Mondo elite Classic
    • Encore plus
    • Grace Link / Grace Link Amp

The new Grace Digital platform features quad core microprocessors, over double the available radio stations, NPR, FOX news, BBC, CBS radio, Chromecast audio built in, and music services such as Amazon Music, SiriusXM and Bluetooth streaming. These new internet radios do not use a 3rd party server network to operate).

If you have a legacy internet radio, to help with the transition, Grace Digital will offer special one time discounts to effected customers. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please press the following button and provide key information to our customer service team.

Click here to request discount.

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33 thoughts on “Grace Digital Internet Radios made between 2007 and 2017 “will stop working”

  1. John Keener

    SAD SAD SAD, losing a good functioning Internet radio is disgusting and should not have ever happened. Like others the discount offer is bs, luckily I have multiple blue tooth speakers BOSE and a great OnePlus 8T phone, but still the loss of my radio in different location and wife use is just like a theft, stolen my radio.

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  2. leigh r rich

    My old Mondo works every once and a while then won’t make WIFI connection. Like an old computer it is outdated. It had served me well. What I did was get a couple from Amazon of Ocean Digital WiFi Internet Radios WR-336N while you still can. Under 100 US$ Prices are going up due to chip shortage.

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  3. Thierry Gras

    I agree with all the above. This is a scam pure & simple. I will just cut my losses and check out the Amazon Echo Show 5 or 8 .

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  4. Ron Warren

    Frankly, I didn’t find out about all of this until earlier in the year and that was by accident. Grace Digital claims they are offering a trade-up program, but, the question is trade-up to what? I have both the original Encore and Digital tuner but since the long time Canadian distributor from whom I purchased both units has ceased operations and Amazon offers little in product, other than the Grace Link(which never seems to be in stock), there is nothing in the model line-up that remotely resembles the models I have and would consider replacing.

    In any case, luckily, I found another company that met my requirements, hence, I have moved on.

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    1. leigh r rich

      My old Mondo works every once and a while then won’t make WIFI connection. Like an old computer it is outdated. It had served me well. What I did was get a couple from Amazon of Ocean Digital WiFi Internet Radios WR-336N while you still can. Under 100 US$ Prices are going up due to chip shortage.

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  5. Clayton M. Leister

    I am so sad that my FOUR Grace Radios have been rendered worthless! As an Amateur Radio Operator, I recommended the Grace Radio’s to so many on air, and now it haunts me having done so!
    What a SCAM by Grace Digital Radio!
    Now, we are being asked to purchase their NEW radios; and yet, another SCAM in the making.
    The Grace people need correct this SCAM or else succumb to a “class action” suit!
    Why would anyone invest in another “Grace” Radio when the present SCAM is out there for ALL to know and recognize as an deliberate and outward SCAM?

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    1. Paul Trynoski

      While the Reciva shut down will disable any functions dependent upon the Reciva site, there are some work-arounds that may keep the older Grace Radios active in some form. I wouldn’t consider them worthless just yet. Is there a large enough class of Grace owners to bring a successful suit that would yield more than the 35% Grace is offering now? I wouldn’t think so.

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  6. Jen

    We have 7 of these trash bricks all at a cost of $189.00 each. But the 35% off a new radio makes everything better. I will never ever purchase another product from Dis-Grace digital.

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  7. Lee s

    We have two receivers that are now trash. Solved the problem, got out an older Kindle, bought a remote Bluetooth speaker and just download the stations that we like to listen to. Same with Pandora ! I can also feed the Kindle through the stereo. I would not purchase another unit from them. Also the thumb wheel dialer on both units started to fail not long after the purchases making it almost impossible to select numbers and letters. Really poor marketing decision, never again….

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  8. Maria

    Mom has more than one of these and they aren’t cheap because she likes or rather, recently, liked to access her Pandora on it while washing dishes, etc. Not anymore apparently.
    It’s a joke that they aren’t giving these older versions some sort of downloadable upgrade so that they can continue being used as opposed to becoming more junk sitting uselessly in the garage (because that’s where her devices are going to end up). This sort of waste during this time period is irresponsible.
    At the very least, there should be a much more affordable trade in program so that the old devices can be recycled, but the current offer is a joke. I am already searching for alternative devices for us both to use.

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  9. MICHAEL STEWART

    This is pure BS. $165 for a radio that four years later ceases to function. They should provide no charge replacements.

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  10. Greg

    This smacks of sheer stupidity on the manufacturers part.

    In the first place why are Internet radios totally dependent upon a single outside server in the first place? A smart manufacturer would produce a product whereby the user could enter their own URLs and other information by either the front panel controls or through a USB port from their computer. Each Internet radio could be accessed either by an app or by presenting its own GUI interface when the user logs onto it.

    You don’t need to be captive to someone else’s server to find your stations. There are plenty of websites out there that will give you all of the information and URLs to load in your radio. Just look at Winamp and other players for computers.

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  11. frankyvee

    Just get an Amazon Echo Show 5 or 8 and be done. It’s cheaper than what Grace is offering even at 35% off. Let’s be honest whos to say they won’t cancel the next models down the line. They lost integrity with this shutdown and would never buy another Grace internet radio.

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  12. Paul Trynoski

    I have a Grace Digital Solo tuner which connects via RCA plugs to my old analog Bose Wave bedside radio. I listen to a few different NPR stations. When Reciva goes away and the Solo goes silent, seems like an old Android smart phone with an earplug to RCA plugs cable would do everything that the Solo does and more, including voice control rather than pushing those little buttons in the dark.

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  13. JM

    With cellphones and bluetooth and things like Raspberry pi and other mini computers why does one even need an internet radio?

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  14. Mike

    My Grace IRD-4000 simply stopped working last week. It hangs on any attempt to access a menu of stations, including those in my Reciva account.

    I got the same ridiculous 35%-off coupon from Grace, but I’ll never trust them again. Their cheapest option was a refurbished unit for $180, so even after the discount it would be $117.

    I ended up buying a Jensen JBS-200B AM/FM/CD table radio bookshelf stereo system as an open-box special for $30, although it is widely available for $50-70 new. It sounds good, but the main feature is that it can be fed audio from any Bluetooth device, making it easily capable of internet radio.

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  15. Davide

    My Barlow Wadley, Collins, FRG7 and Kenwood haven’t this problem! Digital modes requires continues update (see for example digital TV and decoders). An analog radio last for decades. Internet radio, DRM, DAB, etc are standard that maybe are not supported in the future. Like other digital modes. Take for example the files from word processor used in the ’80 (Chiwrite, early Word program)… all these files are now unreadable!

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  16. Edward

    I NEVER had this problem with my Hallicrafters. Internet is not short wave listening.
    I would stay away from these internet radio scams.

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  17. Zack S

    I submitted the discount request and got a reply back. They are offering 35% off any new radio. If I get the Mondo Elite that lists for $200 my cost would be $130.

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    1. Paul

      Yes I got mine too, 35% off. I wonder if the Internet Radio feature is the only one being shutdown, and one can still use iHeartRadio, Pandora, radio.com, etc. Anybody know?

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    2. Paul

      Grace already sells the Mondo Elite on amazon for $150, so even with their 35% off coupon which you can only use on their site, we’re getting a whopping $20 off. Thank you Grace Digital! So generous of you.

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    1. Pete

      With smartphones, tables and inexpensive Bluetooth speakers, dedicated internet radios seem like a niche market. I’d consider replacing mine only at a discount.

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  18. Pete

    Thank you for the information, Zack! I just submitted my request referencing my Grace Solo. The interface for Reciva always felt dated to me, even when my radio was new, but it was pretty reliable once it was set up. I’ll be curious to know what discounts they might offer.

    Thanks Again,
    Pete

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