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Old 26th August 2010, 21:54   #1
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Just got this new thing in my Gmail chat box. Apparently, its an app that lets you call phones from Gmail. It says that you can call any phone in the US or Canada for free while phones in other countries can be called at low rates.

I tried calling my own mobile phone and it rang too. Thing is, if I had picked it up, how would it charge me since I'm a merely an anonymous Gmail user. Or is it going to charge me in my mobile phone bill for receiving the call?
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it's free, isn't it?
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Google actually credits $0.10 as soon as you create your account. May be that's the reason.
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From web: Google voice calls within the United States are free, while international rates start at two cents per minute. Google has stated that domestic voice calls will remain free through 2010, but beyond that things may change as Google figures out how to monetize service if it catches on.

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Yes I have been using the Google Voice service since I came here & its pretty neat. The free calling feature is currently available only in USA
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I tried calling my own mobile phone and it rang too. Thing is, if I had picked it up, how would it charge me since I'm a merely an anonymous Gmail user. Or is it going to charge me in my mobile phone bill for receiving the call?
are you in U.S ? doubtful whether ur Indian phone could be called from the application !!
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are you in U.S ? doubtful whether ur Indian phone could be called from the application !!
I think you can. I tried my brother's Indian Cell number and it rang. Also, works in UK.

But, the feature just appeared on Wednesday on my Gmail and vanished when I saw it on Thursday. Anybody noticed this? Or is it just a teaser and they are trying out few things?

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When I VPN to a US server and then open my gmail, I get the call phone button, otherwise not.
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If you are in India and call someone in India you will get charged around 6 cents a minute. I called my friend and could only speak for a minute+. They give you 10 cents free credit.
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Isn't this VOIP (voice over internet protocol)? IIRC it is banned in India (at least between two domestic parties.
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I thought so too. skype etc block telephony if they detect an indian IP. one of those archaic laws to protect department of telecom.
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Isn't this VOIP (voice over internet protocol)? IIRC it is banned in India (at least between two domestic parties.

All VOIP traffic terminating on Indian telephone lines is banned. You can still have VOIP traffic over gtalk(sure)/yahoo(sure)/skype (AFAIK)

Google calls also has a facility of giving you a single number for all your phones (?) so you can direct all the calls you may get over different phones to the Google number and set it to receive those calls on the device of your choice (correct me if I am wrong)! It is an awesome feature but is now on limited availability!
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Ok, so next time the google ads will be on what we had just finished discussing over phone. Am sure, just like email, people will get used to this.
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are you in U.S ? doubtful whether ur Indian phone could be called from the application !!
No, I'm in Singapore. Like someone said, Google gives everyone $0.10 in credit. That's why I was able to do it. Once that gets exhausted, you need to recharge using a credit card

As for India, I'm not sure why the law doesn't allow Skype, Google etc. to connect to the phones. Is it just landlines in India or both mobiles and landlines?

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Just tried it out now with a call from Sweden to India, as well as a local call in Sweden.

Worked quite well and clarity was good. The number that shows up at the receivers end appears to be a US one.

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