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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 Google Extends Free North American Gmail Calls Through 2012 [News] Google Extends Free North American Gmail Calls Through 2012 [News] Gmail users in the US and Canada who have been enjoying Google's free calls deal over the last year will be pleased to know the offer has been extended into 2012. A post on the... Read More 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.

Source: Mashable

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  1. rodrigo carrillo
    February 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Stay strog

  2. prasanth vikkath
    January 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

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

  3. Ram Kumar
    January 5, 2013 at 6:43 am

    You must see the post

  4. Traffic Mafia
    January 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

    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!

  5. Abdul fahad
    December 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I want google calling software but not installe for my nokia6120c

  6. Austin
    December 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    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.

  7. Jonthue Michel
    December 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    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.

  8. Scott Macmillan
    December 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Very happy to hear its been extended.

  9. Yiz Borol
    December 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    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
      January 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

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

  10. Macwitty
    December 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Waiting for use in the rest of the world

  11. Koshy George
    December 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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

    • rlane
      December 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Give us an example?

      • just
        December 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        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
      January 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Good point Koshy, that will definitely work.

  12. Tech Nech
    December 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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

    • Nicola De Ieso
      December 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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

  13. Prashanth Rathore
    December 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    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.

  14. Arxadius Stark
    December 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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

    • Dave LeClair
      January 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Glad we could remind you!

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