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Google Call from Gmail

Google has quickly put an end to rumors by formalizing its new Voice Over IP (VoIP) service accessible through its Gmail.

Google already had the Google Voice and Google Talk services, but now to be reckoned with is Google Call from Gmail. Before, the G Voice and Talk services required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. Now with Google Call from Gmail, you can call people directly on their phones.

The Call Phone option from Gmail's chat
The Call Phone option from Gmail's chat

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

The Internet giant is therefore directly competing with Skype in the VoIP market, with free calls to the U.S. and Canada "for at least the rest of the year" according to Gmail's blog. Calls to other countries will be billed at low rates (see table below):

Google Voice: Rates for phone calls from Gmail

Leading internet telephony provider
United States
2.1 ¢/min + connection fee
2.1 ¢/min + connection fee
6 ¢/min
9.2 ¢/min + connection fee
UK landline
2 ¢/min
2.1 ¢/min + connection fee
UK mobile
18 ¢/min
25.3 ¢/min + connection fee
Mexico landline
10 ¢/min
9.9 ¢/min + connection fee
Mexico mobile
19 ¢/min
33.6 ¢/min + connection fee
France landline
2 ¢/min
2.1 ¢/min + connection fee
France mobile
15 ¢/min
20.3 ¢/min + connection fee
Some sample Per-Minute Rates for phone calls from Gmail (Source: Google)
Incoming call
Incoming call

Users who already have a Google Voice Account can keep their assigned phone number to receive and make calls from Gmail. If you have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. If you wish, you can also receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail.

You’ll be ready to get started once “Call Phones” shows up in your chat list (you will need to install the voice and video plug-in ( if you haven’t already). 

Google Call is available for Windows operating systems, Mac OS X and Linux.

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mtsi1098 6 years ago

very interesting...I did not know this was possible...thanks

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