Now you can use Gmail for free phone calls to US and Canada.Â Earlier you could use theÂ Gmail voice and video chat featureÂ but that required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. NowÂ you can call any phone right from Gmail!
Gmail Phone Call Rates
Google promises calls to the U.S. and Canada will beÂ freeÂ for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at veryÂ low call rates, whenÂ compared to local operators â€”for as little as $0.02 per minute.
Get started with Gmail Phone Calls
The feature is rolling out to U.S. based Gmail users over the next few days. When active, you will see the “Call Phone” link in Gmail Chat.Â Just click â€œCall phoneâ€ at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contactâ€™s name. Remember you need to install theÂ voice and video plug-in to get this to work.