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Free calls to US, Canada via GMail Voice

Google has finally rolled our free international voice calls via GMail. The calls are free when made for Canada and the US while the offering minimal fees to other countries.

You will need to download and install the voice and video chat software here.


Rates for other countries vary from 2 cents per minute to 15 cents per minute depending on the location and whether you’re call a landline or a mobile phone. This service directly competes with Skype.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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29 Responses

  1. jay says:

    great! thanks for the info sir Abe.
    Just to clarify, is it free to call Canada and USA (landline and mobile) from the Philippines?

  2. yuga says:

    @jay – yup!

  3. Jay says:

    I use skype to video conference my parents in saudi and my relatives in Hawaii plus my sister in the other room. Plus it’s free =)

  4. leapinaygypsy says:

    this is great! is there a monthly/annual fee to use this service?

  5. demoiselle says:

    i have 2 gmail accounts, only 1 account appears to have the ‘Call Phone’ link on that chat box… do you have any idea why it doesn’t appear on the other account?

  6. cutemoboy says:

    This is Awesome! i just called my friend in the US and it works damn great!

  7. judy says:

    nice information. voice calls via GMail? Is it free like skype? We are using skype and we found out that we can use its chat services using globe tattoo even we don’t have load.

  8. judy says:

    very nice information. voice calls via GMail? Is it free like skype? We are using skype and we found out that we can use its chat services using globe tattoo even we don’t have load.

  9. jay says:

    @judy – lucky for you pero baka hindi pa alam ng globe yan, baka gawan na nila ng paraan para di na magamit ang skype pag walang load, sana hindi :-)

  10. Villain says:

    Tried it but dont have the plugin. Installed the plugin but again no voice at gmail. hmm..

  11. leapinaygypsy says:

    i got this error message when i tried to activate google voice


    so, this service only work for people in the US & canada…

  12. Villain says:


    Correct! ako din.:(

  13. chl says:

    The rates are not that different than SKYPE but now I have option to buy in US$ instead of Euros. I actually prefer Yahoo voice which I have had great experience with.

  14. /m says:

    nice… has anyone tried this??

  15. gringo says:

    nice try ko nga to:)

  16. bespectacled says:

    Tried calling today and it works! Really cool…nice reception too.

    Can I ask something though? We don’t get charged for calling people in the US and Canada but do they get charged for receiving the calls? This question is particularly relevant for mobile users in the US and Canada.

  17. Martin says:

    i’ve checked the rates for Philippine landline and mobile calls, it’s about 1-2.50pesos cheaper to call using GMail than a regular cellphone, assuming the rate per $ is at P45

  18. mr. bogus says:

    lets try this nga.. im using skype as of now dahil free

  19. Kenneth says:

    I guess Yuga might wanna share where he got his installer, since I won’t be able to download it from Google Voice’s official site.

  20. demoiselle says:

    can we use this feature using a mobile phone with wifi/3g?

  21. frenchy says:

    Yes, it really works. I am using it without the voice and chat software. Just log in to your Gmail account from a browser and at the lower left side of your standard email page viewer, you must sign in to chat. Then click “Call Phone”. A popup dialer will appear at the bottom-right of your window where you can proceed to call.

  22. polson says:

    …it’s working! thanks yuga :-) hope they will allow it too on smartphones…

  23. elyaas.cadee says:

    i liked to have for free call to canada and america from google talk thanks

  24. beth says:

    di na pala free to call from Philippines to US ….initially nagbigay ng 10 minutes free ang Gmail so u can drop a line toyour friends..

  25. aries says:

    free paren. gamit lang kayo. vpn http://www.freecanadavpn.com/

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