Just when year 2010 was coming to end, Google has decided to play Santa
by extending free Google Voice calling via Gmail till end of 2011.
Google Voice acts as voice mail transcription, free local calls, free
local SMS, cheaper International Calls and single number for several
other numbers - mobile, home, office. Free calling for US and Canada
citizens via Google Voice was destined to end by this year's last day.
Back in June, Google opened up Google Voice for all US and Canada based
After Apple approved Google Voice App for iPhone, Google released the
same for iPad and iPod touch as well. Still Google Voice continued to
be available only to consumers in US and Canada. Active effort has been
put in to make use of Google Voice wherever possible and recently we
saw its integration into Gmail. Post this, a new Call Phone option
appears in the Gmail interface based Chat list. Of course, consumers in
US and Canada need to have a Google Voice account to reap such benefits.
Recently, Google had enabled Google Voice function in Gmail for Indians
for a very short time. However, we see no official whistles of Voice
feature for India. Google, apart from extending free calling for
millions of US nations, do try to bring Voice in several other
countries. Or else it would be like reaping benefits off Apple's
products shamelessly since US nationals love the iPad and iPhone almost
equally. Don't play 'Bad Santa'.