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Google Extends Free Calls In Gmail Through All Of 2011

by Sean P. Aune | December 21, 2010December 21, 2010 8:00 am PST

Back in Aug., Google announced that it was integrating VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) support into Gmail.  At the time the company said that calls inside the United States would remain free for the remainder of 2010 for sure, and beyond that would be determined by the success of international calls which are as little as two cents a minute.

Well, apparently, those international calls are doing well because Google has announced calls will remain free for all of 2011.

gmail_voice_screenshotUnfortunately. this is still only available to Gmail users in the United States, and there has not even been a hint of when out countries may see it appear.  It still isn’t a major threat to leading VoIP company Skype, but so long as the calls remain free you have to figure it’s inching up there.

If you haven’t given the service a look over yet, you can find more information about it at

What say you?  Have you given it a try yet?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...