Google has launched a new web-based email telephone service allowing consumers to make and receive free or cheap calls via their computer.
Known as Google Voice, the new telephony web service also allows gmailers to divert these calls from their account to their mobile and landlines.
Writing on the Google blog, Nick Foster a Google software engineer, said: ‘Google Voice lets you manage all your phone communications and seamlessly make and receive calls on any of your existing phones.
‘But what if you don’t have your phone with you? Or what if you’re in a place with poor cell phone reception, or you’re travelling internationally and don’t want to incur expensive roaming charges? Wouldn’t it be great if you could use your computer to make or receive calls?
Currently, the new feature will only be available to Gmail users based in the US and Canada where calls within these regions are free until the end of the year. Calls from the US and Canada to China, France, Germany and the UK will cost 2 cents a minute. The company is hoping to roll out the service internationally ‘soon’.
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