Through Google Voice, you can now make outgoing calls to the US and Canada for free! Login to Gmail and install the Google Voice browser plugin. A quick 2 minute install, and a headset, is all you need to start calling US and Canada landline and mobile numbers.
Browse to this link Google voice and video chat
for download of the Google Voice plugin.
Installing this software enables you to video+voice chat on gmail, it also allows you to make outgoing calls to US and Canada. Wait for the installation to complete, and restart your browser when required,
Login to Gmail, notice the Gmail chat window, there is a new phone icon underneath your nane. Click on this icon to pop-up the dialer.
Click on the flag icon.
- If you are calling US or Canada numbers, select the USA flag to obtain the country code of +1
- Dial the US or Canada number, and enjoy talking for friends and relatives in US/Canada for free. The Google Voice service provides 100% free calls to US and Canada.
You or the called party in the US/Canada will not be charged. Google Voice also offers paid options for calling international countries at lower long distance rates.
Google Voice International Calling rates https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/rates
*My personal observation is that Google Voice rates are at par with the rates of Skype.
You can obtain more information about the full features of Google Voice from its official website at Google
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