Google Voice Opens outside US | Call any Landline Mobile Phone from Gmail
Google Voice is a service which lets you call on Mobile Phones and Landline Numbers from Internet. It was available for US only since last year but now rolled out for all (outside the U.S. ) by offering calling in 38 new languages. No separate software to be downloaded but calling is possible right from Gmail Chat.
How to enable Google Voice in Gmail outside US
If you have installed Google Voice / Video Plugin on browser then you are likely to receive notification about addition of new feature when logged into Gmail.
For others, you need to install Voice and Video Plugin and restart browser after installation.
Google Voice Call Charges
Coming to Rates, its really cheap if you are using for calling outside your country. What I liked most is calling rates for US which is just 0.01 USD from anywhere in the world.
There are no connection levied by Google, you just pay for what you talk. Google Voice Rates page also compares the call charges with leading Internet Telephony service (which is a silent scream to Skype).
Credits can be added to your account but at the moment of writing this post, I am unable to add credits. The page still says, “Google Voice is not available in your country.” Maybe they haven’t updated this section yet.
Enable Google Voice in Google Apps
This isn’t only restricted to Gmail but If you’re a Google Apps user, your domain administrator must have Google Voice and Google Checkout enabled in the administrator control panel in order to be able to use this feature.
Last Word: From the point of View of India where more and more people have been migrating to US, UK, Canada and UAE countries, Google Voice will be a revolution. People will prefer using Google Voice because it’s cheap and you don’t have to signup for other service but its all in your Gmail.
And Dear Skype, you have a tough competition now 🙂