A few months ago, Google introduced phone calls in Gmail. This feature allowed users to make calls to several countries through Google Talk and is powered by Google Voice. Back then Google had promised to provide free calling for users in the United States and Canada till the end of 2010. However, Google has now extended the free calling through Gmail till 2011.
In a recent blog post Google said that they will be extending free calling to US and Canada numbers till the end of 2011:
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.
Gmail Phone calling has been quite a success with more than 1 million calls being placed in the first 24 hours. Though there is no official numbers on how many calls have been placed till date, it should be somewhere close to a billion or even more.
Do you actively use Gmail’s phone calling feature? Are you satisfied with the call quality? Do let us know through your comments.