In less than 48 hours of implementation of Gmail Voice or Google’s new internet-based phone more than one million users signed up for the new internet phone service of free phone calls, locally and abroad.
The new Voice in Gmail service, which was introduced by search engine Google on Wednesday, allows users to make free calls, either land lines or cell phones from the Gmail accounts. But, only users in the U.S. will be able to make calls by their Gmail account. Making calls anywhere in the U.S. and Canada will be free of charge for at least a year. Gmail users can also make cheap international calls for a low fee starting at $0.02 per minute to landlines in the UK, Germany, France, China, Taiwan or Japan with mobile phones at higher rates of at 98 cents per minute to call Cuba or Nauru. Google is also planning to implement the service to other regions in the near future.
However, the internet search behemoth said that the free service would be available for only one year.
“Over 1,000,000 calls placed from Gmail in just 24 hours! Thanks to everyone using this new feature,” the company said in a tweet.