google just jack slapped Skype

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  1. hubdroid

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    I'm sometimes slow so this may already be out there, but I just saw Google will start allowing calls through Gmail within the U.S. for free. (Skype like fees for international) Looks like it's more tailored to desktops but I wonder if they have any plans to offer via cell phones also??
    Google unveils Internet phone service to compete with Skype - Aug. 25, 2010
     
  2. hookbill

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    Very interesting. Placing calls through gmail, I wonder how that's going to work? I understand Google Voice of course but how would we make a call in Google voice. Maybe they will have a button for it. It be nice to make voice calls through my computer.
     
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    I highly doubt this is geared towards phones...there really isnt much point in them putting this on Android phones because we've already got the Google Voice app.
     
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    I just tried it and when I made a call it showed up as my google voice number. Pretty cool, I will be using this alot.
     
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    SIP service is very useful if you would be roaming, and can get a Wifi connection, or to make phone calls from an unactivated phone:).
     
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    I've made a couple of calls with it. It comes with a video plug in too. I'm anxious to see how that works, my Mac does have a camera.
     
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    Call phones from Gmail

    So just went to my gmail.com account, and I see this little pop-up about "NEW! Make phone calls to US & Canada free from Gmail".

    I click for more info and it prompts me to install voice & video chat software. Doesn't tell me anything more.

    Anyone know the story with this?

    Is this just google talk? I called my cell from my computer and it seemed to work well. Don't think you can do it from the Droid, though (not yet anyway).
     
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    I did a few more tests with my bluetooth headsets. Got a terrible echo and feedback.

    I also notice that it now has Google Chat as a forwarding option in my Google Voice settings.

    Maybe I'm just really late to the game here, but I'm wondering if this isn't the free VoIP we've been anticipating for months and months with Google's purchase of Gizmo5.
     
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    I think Google Voice is just becoming a little more integrated with gmail.
     
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    It might be moot as I finally got free in/out VoIP with sipgate and sipsorcery to work.

    Still, seems like it might be pretty cool with free voice and video over the computer.

    OK, just realized I can test by calling my sipdroid from google talk!
     
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