The next time someone tells you that he/she is going to give you a call from their Gmail, try not to look as though they escaped from a nearby mental asylum. After all, it always remains to your advantage to be as cool as a cucumber regardless of the situation that unfurls, and to ask questions if you aren’t sure so as not to assume. This is where being knowledgeable comes in handy, and if you were to take this post into heart, it might just save you from future social faux pas situations. Google has just announced that they will allow you to make phone calls through Gmail – yes, something that we never really thought of was possible until today. No longer do you need to have two parties sitting in front of their computers to dial one another – why not just call the other person using your Gmail account?
How does this kind of technological wizardry work? Well, let us get to the good news first – calls to the US and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year, while those who are living in other countries will be billed really, really low rates. According to Google, they did work pretty hard to make sure these rates are competitively cheap, where you can start chatting to folks in the U.K., France, Germany, China and Japan amongst others from as low as $0.02 per minute. Yup, that’s right – it does make you wonder whether other VoIP companies will be able to compete on that front this time round. Dialing a phone number is easy peasy, working just like a standard phone. You click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name, and you’re good to go.
Perfect if you want to make a quick call somewhere, or if the restaurant you’re at has really bad reception but a free Wi-Fi service – now how about that? Should you happen to have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. Heck, you can even set the settings to receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail.