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Now you can make phone calls from Gmail at extremely low rates — so you can share your two cents with France(or Argentina, or Iceland, or Guam...) for $0.02. Check out some sample per-minute rates below or see the complete list. Google Leading internet telephony providerUnited States free 2.1 ¢/min + connection feeCanada free 2.1 ¢/min + connection feeIndia 6 ¢/min 9.2 ¢/min + connection feeUK landline 2 ¢/min 2.1 ¢/min + connection feeUK mobile 18 ¢/min 25.3 ¢/min + connection feeMexico landline 10 ¢/min 9.9 ¢/min + connection feeMexico mobile 19 ¢/min 33.6 ¢/min + connection feeFrance landline 2 ¢/min 2.1 ¢/min + connection feeFrance mobile 15 ¢/min 20.3 ¢/min + connection fee
Gmail voice and video chat makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using your computer’s microphone and speakers. But until now, this required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. Given that most of us don’t spend all day in front of our computers, we thought, “wouldn’t it be nice if you could call people directly on their phones?”Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail.
Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at our very low rates. We worked hard to make these rates really cheap (see comparison table) with calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan—and many more countries—for as little as $0.02 per minute.Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.