While users have been able to call their friends, family, and associates from within Gmail for several years now, the company is making its VoIP service even more attractive to customers.
The company recently announced its plan to offer its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling service in 38 new languages. Callers can also purchase calling credit with their own choice of currency.
Google’s announcement is good news for VoIP customers, since competition is known to drive costs down, translating to more savings to the end user. Providers also have to work harder in order compete with one another and retain their existing customer base.
Google also plans to reduce its call rates to over 150 destinations around the world. For example, it costs only $0.10 (or 0.08 pounds) per minute to call mobile-to-mobile in the United Kingdom, France, or Germany when you use Google’s new phone service. The cost for landline phone calls is only $0.02 per minute, and mobile phone calls to Mexico is $0.15 per minute. You can also call any phone number in China and India for only $0.02 per minute.
Phone calls to the U.S. or Canada that are placed from any of the above countries (U.K., France, Germany, China, or India) are free for the rest of 2011.
Lastly, calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free at least for the rest of 2011. Also, calls to the U.S. or Canada that are placed from outside any of these countries will be charged $0.01 per minute.
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