Gmail Calling Rolling out to 150 Countries

A few months ago, Google rolled out Gmail calling which allowed those in the US to make calls direct from Gmail. The service is now expanding in to other countries which will mean that 150 more destinations will have the ability to call mobiles and landlines direct from their email accounts.

With Gmail calling there’s no connection costs at the moment and calls are said to be relatively competitive when compared to others. For example, to call a landline in the UK it’s 2p per minute and to call a mobile on one of the 5 major networks it’s 7p/minute. Of course, some services like Skype and Vonage let you pay a monthly fee and connect for free to landlines in the UK, so make sure you do your calculations before deciding. Update: ex local tax.

Google Calls are being made available in the 150 destinations over the next few days. When active on your account, you’ll see a small green phone in the left hand pane of the screen. For those using Google Apps, it needs to be enabled by your administrator.

As an added bonus, Google announced:

Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free at least for the rest of 2011. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed from outside these countries will be charged $0.01 per minute (or €0.01, £0.01, C$0.01 per minute).


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