You can actually feel Skype quaking in their boots. Earlier this week Google announced that users would be able to make phone calls to any traditional number right from the Gmail interface.
Naturally, I had to check this out. I mean, it’s free after all, as long as you’re calling someone in the United States or Canada, and the promise of international calls billed as low as 2¢ a minute doesn’t hurt, either.
So here’s how to do it:
Log into your Gmail account, and under the Chat section on the left side you’ll notice a new option that says Call phone. Click on it
Upon clicking it, a traditional phone dial pad will pop up. You’ll need to install the Google Chat and Video plug-in for your browser before you can make a call, but there’s a link provided right in the call interface and it doesn’t take too long to set up.
After you’ve set that up, make sure you’ve got a microphone hooked up to your computer, input a number for someone you’d like to call and hit the Call button. It rings, acts and sounds exactly like a regular phone call, and the best part is: it’s free!!
Head over to your Gmail account and check it out today!!