If you use Google Voice, or simply make the occasional outgoing call via Gmail, Google's got some great news for you. The service is going to continue to be free throughout 2013 for users in the U.S. and Canada! International callers will still have the same rates applied. In short, nothing is really changing, and that's a good thing.

When Google first introduced the ability to make phone calls in Gmail, it said the service would be free through at least the end of 2010. At which point, that promise was extended to the end of 2011. Then 2012. And as of today, free Google Voice calling lives to die another day. The storm cloud of doubt will continue to hang until a similar announcement this time next year, but for now, another 12 months of freedom!

Source: Google

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • mgamerz

    How about them google voice updates hmm?
    Oh right... what updates.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Concur, the app is languishing. I wish the team that recently worked over GMail would do the same to the Google Voice app. The service is great but the app is horrific. Texts end up in multiple threads and there is no way to manage any of the content cleanly.

      • mgamerz

        It sorta works. I mean, it does the job, but it doesn't do it that well. Threads seem to be based on time but it seems to vary. If they combined all of them into one (talk, messenger, voice...) that'd be great.
        Still waiting on MMS messages, and voice support for tablets.

        • Aaron Berlin

          GVoice feels unfortunately abandoned at times. After we got calling from GMail, I had high hopes that VoIP on your phone wouldn't be far behind. There are obviously hacks, but in a world where even the carriers are giving away unlimited minutes, why not give me GVoice wifi calling? (Also: ditto on the text message threading issues, etc)

          • mgamerz

            What I don't get is how they STILL haven't added a call button in the voice.google.com site. Why can you call from gmail, but not from the voice site? It's ridiculous!

          • Christopher Mason

            there is a call button. it's right next to text

          • mgamerz

            That's not a VoIP call like gmails calling.

          • Christopher Mason

            click call then under phone to use click google talk

          • mgamerz

            Doesn't work for me, because I still have to have gmail open. Defeats the purpose.

          • Christopher Mason

            do you have a voice number?

          • mgamerz

            Yep, I use that primarily as my phone now.

    • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

      While the app itself remains basically the same (recently added voicemail-receiving in the phone app but not much else), there has been at least another update, behind the scenes. Before, the option to receive texts in the Messaging app was cumbersome and was independent of the "forward texts to phone" option in the web GV settings. What the latter did was just send you a text on your phone, basically doing simple forwarding as it said. Now those two options are linked, if you change one, the other also changes, and they don't seem to just forward the text anymore, but the GV app delivers it on the phone. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it still doesn't use the carrier.

      So, if you're a bit optimistic this could mean that actual text integration on Android phones is coming. The only thing left is to send messages from your GV number with the Messaging app.

      • John O’Connor

        I have always found it slightly confusing as well. On Sprint, Gvoice integrates at the carrier level but sometimes it ignores my don't forward option or maybe it appears that it duplicates the data for me (phone app texts and gvoice texts?)

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    I envy you, American friends... ;)

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    So I could call my mom's cell phone from my laptop with my headset if i really, really needed to? awesome!

  • McLean Riley

    Tapatalk plus Google Voice = Free calls over 3g and WiFi. It works really well. Plus I used it to call from Costa Rica to home on my honeymoon (edit: for free). Works as a text hub too, so you don't have to install GVoice, although they do come in a little slower to tapatalk sometimes.

    • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

      You mean Talkatone, surely.

      • John O’Connor

        I was gonna say... I have not seen that feature yet

      • McLean Riley

        Yup my bad. Good call.

  • Andrew Loiacono

    It's a great service no doubt , but we really need to see some updates soon

  • Adam Miah

    Always in America.

  • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

    What's with the bitching and whining about the service? I don't even use the free calling, I just use the inbound voicemail and tie together my half-dozen phone numbers, and it works fantastic for that. What can you POSSIBLY have an issue with? It works. It does EXACTLY what they designed it to do. It does it fairly well. It costs you nothing.

  • http://twitter.com/MrYuzhai *Certified_geek™

    Hello? That's right i'm in UK so you obviously can't see or hear me crying Google.

  • Falconator

    The Voice app for the phone works perfectly fine for me also. Get my voicemails faster and I can delete my inbox faster...what more do you really need?

  • Jon Garrett

    I'mconfused by Google Voice., I like and I use it but am I using my carrier rate plan to make those calls? it doesn't really matter because out of 1400 minutes, on average we use only about 400. we have about 10,000 rollover minutes as well.