I installed it and work pretty well.
Man Google is taking over the world.
| By SCOTT MORRISON |
Google Inc. said it was adding voice calling into its Gmail email service, enabling users to place low-priced calls to phones around the world.
The move puts the search giant in competition with Internet telephony leader Skype Ltd., which is partially owned by eBay Inc., as well as traditional telephone providers.
Google said calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year, while calls to other countries will be billed at rates as low as 2 cents a minute. The rates are similar to those offered by Skype.
Gmail users have for several years been able to talk to each other via their computer's microphone and speakers, but the service didn't enable them to call landlines or mobile phones.
But by adding telephony software to its popular email application and wrapping them together with Google Voice, a phone forwarding and voicemail service, Google will enable users to make and receive calls between their computers and phones. The service requires users to install a software plug-in.
Company watchers have long expected Google to jump into Internet telephony market. The company has since last year bought a couple of key voice-over-Internet Protocol companies, including Global IP Solutions and Gizmo5. Google said in a blog post its new service will be rolled out over the next few days.