Gmail: “Call Phone” Feature

Ever notice how Google is rapidly expanding?They’re continuously developing more and more features, competing in the market like never before.

Now they have the “Call Phone” feature.

It’s a feature that has been around awhile, though news on it has been updating, such as this December 20th post on The Official Gmail Blog,

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“When we launched calling in Gmail back in August, we wanted it to be easy and affordable, so we made calls to the U.S. and Canada free for the rest of 2010. In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people keep in touch in the new year, we’re extending free calling for all of 2011.

In case you haven’t tried it yet, dialing a phone number works just like a regular phone. Look for “Call phone” at the top of your Gmail chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.”

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It’s certainly a useful feature – free calling on your computer (until they instate the charges) with an additional ten cents credit free if you want to call outside the States or Canada.

Now to get to the point – what’s so special about the Call Phone feature that will attract suitable market interest?

With all it’s upsides, there’s also some con’s to consider. No matter where you call from, any outgoing calls are identified as coming from  Escondido, California, without any unique phone number. This proves to be fairly ineffective, and may confuse the caller’s contacts. Incoming calls are also impossible.

I’m interest in seeing how this develops.

In other news, look forward to those upcoming reviews – with a literary focus this week (along with some video game related talk, and perhaps music reviews fit in somewhere), in exception to the upcoming Gulliver’s Travels review.


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Posted on 01/05/2011, in All-Things-Reviews, Post-A-Day {2011}, Technology, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I signed up for it. You can make free long distance calls, which is neat. I will use it as long as it is free. When they charge, I will drop it.

  2. They have extended the free service till’ the end of 2011, so there’s no worries there! It certainly is useful, and will be disappointing when fees are instated.

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