free phone calls through Gmail added in 2010 have been extended for another year. Domestic calls in the U.S. and Canada are free, and international calls have a low fee schedule starting at $0.02 per minute. Users can also choose to link this to a free Google Voice account to receive inbound calls.Google announced today that the
It's no surprise that Google has extended this service, since it just added it to Google+ Hangouts two weeks ago. Google has made several changes to Gmail chat to unify it with Google+, and this voice calling extends the reach of Gmail and Google+ to vastly more users.
use Google+ circles instead of email addresses. This includes the Gmail chat box where voice calls are made. Last week, the integration of Gmail into Google+ went further, bringing filtering by circles, people-circling and G+ sharing into Gmail.In November, all Google chat widgets were reorganized to
In the meantime, Google brought the same free voice calling feature into Google+ video Hangouts. Google is putting hooks into its new social world everywhere it can, and free voice calling is a powerful one. Existing users can reach more people, and those they call will get the pitch, "I'm calling you from my email!" It's a clever way for Google to extend the reach of its services.
Have you ever made a voice call from a Google Web service before?