Free GMail Phone Calls Are Here!

Free GMail Phone Calls Are Here!

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You can now make free phone calls to people in the United States and Canada, but there are a couple of catches: you must have a free GMail account and this offer is good only through the rest of the year.

Still, free anything is a welcome thing especially in the current economic climate.

Google made their announcement on Wednesday, posting the details to their GMail blog. Up until now, the only way you could contact people was if they were logged on and using GMail and you were too. But, with this new feature you can call anyone from GMail and reach them via their cell phone or landline.

Cheap Rates

Google says that they’re offering ultra-cheap calls to other countries with rates as low as 2 cents per minute to the U.K., Germany and Japan. Check out the calling rates to other countries and you’ll find additional bargains available. Yes, Google is working hard to undercut Skype, a leader in internet telephony.

Making a call is easy and is described by Google as follows:

“Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.”

Caller I.D.

Google explains that if you have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. Should you decide to do so, you can receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail.

Google hasn’t said what its rates will be after the year is up, but look for the company to remain competitive with Skype who currently charges 2.1 cents per minute plus a connection fee.

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