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Google tails Skype with call service

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Invisible, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Invisible

    Invisible Admin Staff Member

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    Google said it will allow users to make free or deeply discounted calls right from Gmail to regular phones, ramping up the competition with Skype and similar services.

    Gmail users will see the service pop up in their chat lists as a "call phone" option, the company said in a blog posting yesterday. A telephone dialer will appear on the screen, and users can either dial a number or enter a contact's name.

    Until now, Google's voice and video chat service required both people to be at their PCs and signed into Gmail at the same time. The new feature lets users call phones -- landlines and cell phones -- from inside Gmail.

    Google said calls in the US and Canada will be free until the end of the year, while calls to foreign countries will start at two cents per minute.

    "We've found it useful in a lot of situations, ranging from making a quick call to a restaurant, to placing a call when you're in an area with bad reception," Google wrote on its blog.

    The move positions Google as a direct competitor to Skype, which earlier this month said it plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.

    Check their rates here: https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/rates
  2. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    Poa sana hii. Great addition to Gtalk. It is surprising though why Google still won't allow standalone Skype application on their Android phones...
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    Taso JF-Expert Member

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    at rates of $0.23 between USA and some African destinations, the news is hardly something to cheer.

    the news piece states that the move aims at competing with Skype, needless to say, offering competitor's applications on their android phones would be counterintuitive, they want you to use google's!
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    The Finest JF-Expert Member

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    I am happy cause i am using gmail and I started using this feature yesterday and its amazing but I will also continue using skype
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    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    On this matter, rates might be the greatest determinant for your appreciation on what Google have come up with. However, there are some, like myself who would appreciate the functionality and be jubilant from added convenience this feature offers to Gtalk.

    The Android issue, I would leave it at that...!
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    All calls to US and Canada are free...is it free from Tanzania to Canada/US or?