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Dec
google voice

While the Google Voice app has always been free, there was speculation that voice calls to the United States and Canada would begin to cost you money at the beginning of next year. However, new Google Voice users are being greeted by a pop-up window when they first use the Call Phone feature in Gmail that indicates otherwise.

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See there? Calls to the U.S. and Canada are free in 2012. If there is anything I love more than free voice calling, it's another year of entirely free calling through Google Voice. And to think...several years ago people were feeding money to machines at gas stations just to make phone calls.

If you don't already have Google Voice, pick it up below.

Brandon Lancaster
Brandon says he likes to live life on the edge. By that he means eating ice cream for breakfast and wearing house slippers to class. Aside from all of the ballsy action he partakes in, he's a mass communications student that spends much of his time studying or tinkering with his phone.

  • William D

    Ive always believed the VoIP revolution between Skype, AT&T, Vonage, and other companies put so much competition in offering national and Canadian calls for so cheap that the next step was for them to go free anyway. Google did that. For Google to go back and start to charge, would completely regress the entire VoIP revolution and things that should be dirt cheap or free would not be, thus hindering competition and commerce moving forward.

    Too deep?

  • Dylan

    Not at all. The reason I use Google Voice instead of any of those is because its free...the rest charge. I call family in Canada on a regular basis. I really hope that Google Voice remains free and doesn't regress, as you so rightly put it.

    • http://www.jimworthey.com Jim W.

      On our land line, I pay $5/month for unlimited long distance. The service is with RCN, and the unlimited feature includes Canada as well as the USA. Unfortunately, I have no family in Canada and don't call there.
      I make Skype calls to China a couple times a year, but calls on the regular network (PSTN) are not expensive either. (17 cents to China, 12 cents to Australia for example.)

  • jdm4u

    Well I guess it's good I didn't rely on Google voice and grooveip to be my main form of communication.

  • Blazian

    Doesn't Google Voice still use your minutes though if you use it on your Android device? I thought this was just good for using a PC with Google Voice on it?

    • billyJoeBob

      It doesn't use your minutes. It uses your data. And data on a cell phone isn't free. And at this time you can't own a cell phone with a data plan without a voice line fee that I know of. I have however read articles that some carriers may have data only options in the future.

      • anotherStevenamedSteve

        Fortunately, there's no requirement that you have to use your phone's data plan, either. I make fairly heavy use of Google Voice using my wi-fi connection through my ISP. (Groove IP, ftw!)

        • billyJoeBob

          But it's not much of a cell phone if your tied to WIFI. You may as well be using your computer or laptop for all of your phone calls. The original poster did ask about his "android device", meaning his cell phone, not his "PC".

      • J

        Not 100% accurate.... The Google Voice app does not have VoIP abilities. In order to call out using the Google Voice app (on either Android or iOS) you either need to use your phone's voice plan, or pair it with some SIP app (like SipDroid), which then uses your data plan (if your sip app supports 3/4G connections), or you're limited to just wifi zones.

        • http://www.facebook.com/john.doser1 John Doser

          Incorrect. My daughter has a samsung mp3 player and it is wifi only. She calls me all the time from her house wifi using google voice from her mp3 player. I exclusively use google voice on my droid 3 and I incur 0 (zero) minutes usage on my verizon bill. All I did was install google voice, set it up, and that is it. All you need for google voice usage is internet whether it be wifi or a data plan on your cell phone.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yup, it uses your minutes. The only way it doesn't is if you're using SIP and then it uses data.

      When you use it on a computer, however, it is basically like VoIP. Even if Google dropped the free functionality of it, one should still be able to use it for free texting, visual voicemail, and using your GV number on your phone, since, again, that's using your plan's minutes, however, the computer VoIP part might cost something.

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.doser1 John Doser

        Incorrect. My daughter has a samsung mp3 player and it is wifi only. She calls me all the time from her house wifi using google voice from her mp3 player. I exclusively use google voice on my droid 3 and I incur 0 (zero) minutes usage on my verizon bill. All I did was install google voice, set it up, and that is it. All you need for google voice usage is internet whether it be wifi or a data plan on your cell phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.doser1 John Doser

      No, it does not use your cell plan minutes. My daughter has a samsung mp3 player and it is wifi only. She calls me all the time from her house wifi using google voice from her mp3 player. I exclusively use google voice on my droid 3 and I incur 0 (zero) minutes usage on my verizon bill. All I did was install google voice, set it up, and that is it. All you need for google voice usage is internet whether it be wifi or a data plan on your cell phone.

  • Ezcyclone

    I tried to kill my cell voice line on my EVO and was unable to get calls in or out, even on wifi, shouldn't this have worked?? Being I was on wifi the whole time? I'm talking about using google voice of course. :)

    • Sam

      You would need to use Groove IP or something like that to make data calls over Google Voice from your phone. Its a VOIP call from your desktop browser, but uses minutes from your phone unless you use Groove IP or set up SIP.

      • Ezcyclone

        Why would I want to use phone minutes from my desktop?

  • Kobra

    I've been happily making free calls from Gmail ever since the service started, so i'm happy to see that they've extended another year. As a Canadian, I just wish Google Voice woud officially launch here. What ever happened to Google's testing of the service in Europe? Haven't heard anything since they initially talked about it. I got my hopes up thinking it would be available in Canada soon after

  • Simon Belmont

    It seems like Google does this every year. They push back and say it will be free for another year.

    Not that I'm complaining because GV is great. I use it for plenty of things.

  • TBolt

    I like the GV service, but I would never pay for it. Most of my calls disconnect after around 20 minutes.

    It just isn't reliable enough, yet.

  • Owen Finn

    BRING GOOGLE VOICE TO CANADA DAMN IT!

    *huff huff*

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