Google Extends Free Calling For Gmail Users Through 2013 [Updates]

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One of the features of Gmail that is all too often swept under the bus and forgotten about is the¬†ability¬†to call any phone using Google Voice for free. Of course, this only applies for users in the US and Canada, but it’s an awesome feature nonetheless, and one that users should most certainly take¬†advantage¬†of. Well, Gmail users will be able to use the service to make free domestic voice calls for another year, as Google has just announced that is extending the use of the service through all of 2013.

To use the feature in Gmail, simply pop out the chat menu and you will see a little icon that looks like a phone handset. Click this icon, and you will be able to dial any domestic phone number and make a call, just like you were using an actual phone.

If you want to make calls that are not within your domestic region using Google Voice though Gmail you can, but it will not be free. Rates for international calls start off as low as $.02 per minute, depending on where you need to call. Overall, the rates are quite reasonable, and if you only need to make domestic calls, the price of free is about as good as it gets.

This is the not first time Google has extended the free calling period of Google Voice for Gmail users. The service first debuted in 2010, and every year since Google has announced that it is extending the free period through the next year. Will they ever change? Only time will tell, but for the time being, you can certainly enjoy making free calls, as long you live in the US or Canada.

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Source: Mashable

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Arxadius Stark

Google Voice is truly swept under the rug for me as I completely forgot about its existence until now! XD

Dave LeClair

Glad we could remind you!


Prashanth Rathore

good news but it will be great when it start this service in different countries rather than only in US & Canada wish if this starts also in INDIA.


Tech Nech

Why only USA and CANADA? I mean the rest of the world uses Google too! Why not extend the service?

Nicola De Ieso

I live in Italy and I can’t use this free service. It’s really a pity


Koshy George

You can use a VPN and call anywhere in the US for free.


Give us an example?


You can use hotspotshield, installl it and turn it on (icon change color to green). Dont forget to install the google plugin Gtalk .

Dave LeClair

Good point Koshy, that will definitely work.



Waiting for use in the rest of the world


Yiz Borol

I’m starting to wonder if they even care, maybe they just think What the Hell! lets give ‘em free calling for life, but they can’t be sure they’ll be able to do it every year so they only do it by the year…

Dave LeClair

That does seem to be the case, but I am certainly not complaining about getting free calling.


Scott Macmillan

Very happy to hear its been extended.


Jonthue Michel

That is awesome. I use it with Talkatone when I don’t have any signal and only wifi is the only signal in the area. Pretty good for wifi-calling on my android.



Sweet! Google Voice plus this app plus a Samsung Galaxy Player (wifi device) means free unlimited calling and texting over wifi, no complaints there :) Plus I can forward them to a cheap Tracfone for when I’m on the go.


Abdul fahad

I want google calling software but not installe for my nokia6120c


Traffic Mafia

You say since 2010, but I’m sure quite a few remember that Voice was standalone before this and before even that, the service used to be called GrandCentral… Even back then, the service was absolutely great!


Ram Kumar

You must see the post


prasanth vikkath

Oh that’s a good news. As ‘Prashanth Rathore’ said why they are not providing that feature in India.


rodrigo carrillo

Stay strog

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