Google extends free phone calls via Gmail through 2013

Google extends free phone calls via Gmail through 2013
Google Voice is one of our favorite services, but it hasn't been leveraged nearly enough by Google. Luckily, a fragment of the service lives in Gmail, which allows users to make phone calls via Google Talk, and Google's offer of free phone calls through the service has been extended through 2013. The announcement was made through Google's Gmail Blog, and said:
What the blog post doesn't mention is that some of the "insanely low rates" for calls to the rest of the world have gotten a bit more expensive. We can't speak to all of the country rates, but the rates for calling Jamaica have certainly gone up recently, and earlier in the year there were reports of rate hikes for calls to Pakistan and other countries around the world. Maybe that's how Google can afford to keep calls to the US and Canada free through Gmail.

source: Gmail Blog



3. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Calling rates are very much effected by the toll charges the country charges carriers for accessing their country's phone system. That's why neighboring countries may have wildly differing rates. I don't think Google is charging extra for some countries to subsidize free calling for others.

2. jove39

Posts: 2154; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Thanks Google :)

1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Google must bring this feature to its Google talk app. You don't always have access to a desktop computer.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless