Google Voice and Chat Update: Make Free Calls with Gmail Voice Calls


Google Voice and Chat in Gmail has an upgrade. Internet behemoth Google is once again flexing its muscle by updating Google Voice and chat functions in Google Mail. The company announced today that Gmail users can now enjoy free unlimited voice calls to landline and mobile phone numbers in the US and Canada. Check your Gmail accounts and you will see the Free Voice Call feature is already enabled! You only need to install the Google Voice plug-in extension for the Call option to your Gmail account and off you go to make free voice calls in select countries!

Google’s entry to this lucrative business currently dominated by Skype is not surprising. The online-advertising business is already declining after a robust growth over the last decade.  Google needs new sources of revenue to fuel its growth. The company is envious of Skype which currently enjoys 560 million registered users – 8.1 million of them are paying customers which give eBay, Inc. (parent company of Skype) lots of quick and easy profits. Skype has already become a de facto verb for phoning over the internet, much like Google is now the verb for web searching.

“How do I make free voice calls using Google Voice?”, you might ask. See the screenshot below or Login to Gmail and click on the phone icon in your sidebar. That simple.

Google Gmail Voice Screenshot

Google's free email service Gmail now supports voice calls to landlines and mobile phones

With the new and improved Google Voice, Skype should be worried, Google’s Gmail already boasts more than 50 million users. That’s a large customer base for Google to gain some more dollars. While calls in America and Canada will be free, Google will be charging cheap rates on international calls. VOIP calls have become more popular. Testament to this is Skype’s success, it now boast 13% marketshare on global international calls. For the last quarter of 2009, Skype earned $185m in revenues which means they might even hit $1 billion sales in 2010 or 2001.

Apparently this enormous earnings potential from VOIP calls has emboldened Google to steal some customers from Skype and other VOIP companies. The Google Voice software already drew rave reviews and it makes sense for the company to use it as web-based tool for making money via Gmail integration! What do you think? Will you quit Skype and use Gmail VOIP calls? Google is also offering cheaper international call rates to all other countries like UK, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines. See the link to Google’s voice call rates when you use the free call function in Gmail and you’ll find out that Google voice calls to landline and mobile phones are cheaper than Skype’s standard rates.



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  1. keven miller says:

    My pop up information on gmail email offered me a free phone that would work for the next year in the US and many other countries. This new number could be arranged to be connected to any/all of my preexisting numbers so I could always be reached at any number!! Sounded like a great deal!!

    When I noticed a tiny blue link saying “Learn More” to click, qwite a distance from the free phone plug in deal, I was horrified at the “agreement”. It said I would being giving the government complete access to my computer permanently and also to all emails an to every site that I ever vist!! What a SNEAKY way for the gov (if it was them) to trick you into giving up your total privacy rights!! And this giving of permission was termed “irreversible”. Needless to say I didn’t accept then.

    But, having brain trauma, I bit on it the next time I saw the gmail offer as I didn’t notice any little blue link saying “learn more” nearby where any upfront offer would put it. Yeah, I got the download and then couldn’t (thankfully get the phone number for it) because they locked the Chrome Browser onto my machine and when I got it all removed I found there was an “embedded internet browser” (placed right into the chips of the Mother Board that was relaying all my activity back out of the computer at the end of every internet visit – (and sometimes more often than this even). I’m not talking program updates or anything, I am talking about internet activity after all internet programs were shut down. What’s more this is not just a virus – it is a coded message opening these few chips on the board and putting a permanently operating “snooping browser” that is absoloutely not removeable except with out a hi tech software key.

    My privacy is gone for now. Is this a computer manufacturer employee gone beserk, an unauthorized over zealous gov employee looking for points, or is this a very low class attempt by the government to bolster up bit brothers actions by sneaking away people’s rights to their privacy. I am just guessing which, anybody know how to deal with it, any ideas who to talk to?

    No offense intended to Our Good USA but hey, this is WRONG!!

  2. unni says:

    i heard about the free phone it is a very good information for me thank you very much.

  3. Greg Zimmerman says:

    GMAIL VOICE CALLS IS NOT SIMPLE AT ALL. IT’S EASY TO GO THROUGH THE FIRST FEW STEPS, BUT TO DIAL AND COMPLETE A CALL SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE. YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO DOWNLOAD THE VOICE PLUGIN TO MAKE A CALL. THERE IS NO VOICE PLUGIN TO DOWNLOAD ON MY WINDOWS XP, AND OTHERS WHO HAVE TRIED ON THEIR COMPUTERS ON WHATEVER THEY ARE CONNECTED TO. I GUESS YOU HAVE TO BE A COMPUTER WIZ, OR THIS IS A SHAM.