Gmail Calling Will Be Free this Year as Well for US Users
Article by George Norman
On 04 Jan 2011
And we’re back from our well deserved holiday! Hope you had as much fun during the winter holidays as we here at FindMySoft did. We start the year with the news that calling phone numbers in the US and Canada from within Gmail will remain free for 2011. So if you are in the US, you have one more year to call any phone in the US or Canada from within Gmail and not part with your hard earned money.

If the fact that you can call any phone number from within Gmail is news for you, then you need to be briefed on the Gmail-Google Voice story. Keep reading below to get the lowdown.

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Okay, so from 2008 until August 2010, Gmail users (Windows and Mac Gmail users to be more precise) could call other Gmail users by getting the voice and video plugin for Gmail. Two very important things happened in August 2010. Google rolled out the voice and audio plugin to Linux users as well – that would be the first thing that happened in August. It was exciting that after about 2 years Linux users we’re finally getting to enjoy the same functionality that Windows users were enjoying for quite some time, but not as exciting as the second thing that happened.

In August 2010 the Mountain View-based search engine giant announced that it enhanced Gmail’s chat abilities by integrating Google Voice and giving Gmail users the option to make calls to landline and mobile phones from within Gmail . The plugin that allowed Gmail users to call other Gmail users also allowed them to call any phone number in the US or Canada free of charge.

Back then Google said Gmail calling would remain free until the end of 2010. I’m glad to see that Google decided to keep Gmail free for 2011 as well. So there you have it, the whole story.



Tags: Google, Gmail, Google Voice, Gmail calling, US, Canada, Free
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