Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail. Gmail voice and video chat from Google is a Skype killer, or a Skype killer wanna be. If you happened to be in the US and Canada, great news! Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year! I believe there is a quota (minutes or hours of calls) for each account.
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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.
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. For more information, visit gmail.com/call. When compared with Skype, Google Voice calling rates is definitely cheaper and lower.
What is Google Voice?
Google Voice gives you more control over your phone calls. With Google Voice, you get one number for all your phones, cheap international calls, voicemail like email, and more, for free! (US only)
Skype vs Google Voice, Which is Cheaper?
It really depends on the location and the number you’re calling. Personally, I find Google Voice cheaper and much more reliable. I get less drop calls and most important of all, clear sound. Compare the price between Skype and Google Voice, check out their rates: