Google has done it once again, made our lives easier with direct calling from Gmail. At the beginning one could simply send an email or video chat from right inside their Gmail account. Then Google released the ability to make a call to any U.S. mobile phone or landline directly from their account. And now, they have made it possible to make a call outside the U.S. with 38 new languages to select from.
Calling credit is available for purchase in four different currencies (U.S. dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros or British pounds). With the pleasure of no connection fees, you will only be charged for the time you are talking. Another benefit, Google is lowering their calling rates to over 150 destinations worldwide.
According to the Google Blog, “it’s now only $0.10 (or €0.08) per minute to call mobile phones in the U.K., France or Germany (landlines are $0.02/min), $0.15/minute to call mobile phones in Mexico and $0.02/min to call any phone number in China and India. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free at least for the rest of 2011. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed from outside these countries will be charged $0.01 per minute (or €0.01, £0.01, C$0.01 per minute).”
To view a complete listing of the rates visit Google’s Rate Page.
This feature will be available to all Gmail accounts over the next few days; you will see a small green phone icon appear next to a contacts name in your chat window. Download the voice and video plug-in from Google and you will be ready to make calls from around the world!