Almost a year now, August 26 to be exact, Google Voice became available for free at US and Canada for free. Today, Google Voice has been rolled out to UK finally.
Google Voice, known for being direct competitor of now Microsoft owned Skype.
According to various media reports, Gmail users (from where Google Voice can be access) in the UK are now able to make low-cost calls from the email client to landlines and mobile phones.
At first Gmail-to-Gmail voice calls in the UK became available but on Tuesday Google said in a blog post it was opening up the paid-for Google Voice functionality to users outside the US for the first time.
“You can now buy calling credit in your choice of four currencies (Euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars or US dollars) and there are no connection fees, so you only pay for the time you talk,”
Gmail product manager Pierre Lebeau said in the blog post. He added that the service is now available in 38 languages.
Google Apps users will have to get their domain administrators to enable Google Voice and Google Checkout in order to use the service, Lebeau noted.
With this Google move, it has made itself even stronger competitor to Skype.
Skype is currently crowned as the world’s leading voice-over-IP (VoIP) provider.
For example, calls made from Gmail to mobile phones in the UK, France or Germany cost eight euro cents (7p) per minute. Calls made from Skype to the same numbers cost around 15p per minute.
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