Gmail voice and video chat makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using your computer’s microphone and speakers. But until now, this required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. Given that most of us don’t spend all day in front of our computers, Google now allows you to call to phones right from Gmail.
Starting from Yesterday, you can call any phone right from Gmail. This is really a great new addition to the web based email service from Google.
Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at Google’s very low rates. This might be a blow for other VoIP services like Skype. Google is a very big player in this field and by integrating this into Gmail, it already got a huge user base.
Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.
Take a look at this creative video from Google about their new service.
If you have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. And if you decide to, you can receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail (see instructions).
This feature will be currently available for only US based Gmail users. Over the next few days,once “Call Phones” shows up in your chat list then you can start calling. (you will need to install the voice and video plug-in if you haven’t already). If you’re not a U.S. based user—or if you’re using Google Apps for your school or business—then you won’t see it quite yet. Hope it turns out for all. 🙂
For more information, visit gmail.com/call.
If you’ve any doubt using it, do let us know through the comments and we’ll do our best to help you out !