Google Corporation successfully launched a fully integrated Gmail and Google Voice to allow its US users to talk to anyone with a land line phone or cell phone for free within Google’s email service. The Google Voice VOIP Gmail service is beginning to roll out today for US Gmail accounts. Additionally, Google announced that calls to the US and Canada would be free for “at least” the rest of the year, and all calls to other countries will be a flat 2 cents per minute charge.
Prior the Google Voice VOIP Gmail implementation, Gmail users need to load up their GTalk contact lists to make voice call or video call to their friends and relatives while online and sitting at a computer and signed into Gmail at the same time.
Robin Schriebman, a Google software engineer, made a statement on the Official Google Blog:
“Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail. We’ve been testing this feature internally and have found it to be useful in a lot of situations, ranging from making a quick call to a restaurant, to placing a call when you’re in an area with bad reception.”
After installing a plug-in Gmail users’ will be allowed to make outbound calls and receive calls through their Google Voice number from within Gmail. However, the new Google feature is only available to US users for now but it is set to be implemented to all Gmail users around the world.