Gmail Makes Some Calls

Aug 31, 2010

Google rolled out a new Gmail feature that allows users of the web-based email service to place calls directly to any phone. The company reported that calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free "for at least the rest of the year," with calls to other countries falling under the same rates as those applied to the Google Voice service. The feature, which became accessible to all U.S. territories as of August 26, can be activated by clicking the new "Call Phone" button in Gmail's Chat pane. Additionally, users with Google Voice accounts have the option of receiving calls directly through Gmail.