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As of 25 August, 2010, you can call landline phones or mobile phones from Gmail. All you need to do is ensure that the application that enables you to call is installed, and dial the number!

Steps

  1. Open your Gmail account.
  2. Go to “Chat”. Look for the tab that says “Call phone”. There will be a green phone symbol located next to this line.

    This  image shows you the location of the application

    This image shows you the location of the application

    • You will need to have installed and activated the voice and video plug-in if you haven’t already done so.
    • If you don’t see this “call phone” line near chat it may be because Google has not yet enabled your Gmail account for this service. They began rolling this out on August 25, 2010 and will require at least several days to activate all accounts.
  3. Click on the “Call phone” tab. A box will appear, telling you about the service.
    • The box explains what the service is, that US/Canada calls are free in 2010, and that emergency calls cannot be made via Google Voice.

  4. Click “Accept” once you have read the box. This means that you’re acknowledging that you understand and agree to Google’s terms of use.
  5. Look for the call box on the page.

    • Enter either a phone number or the name of a contact. Use the dial pad to enter numbers, or just type in a name.
    • If you make a mistake when entering a number on the dial pad, just use the delete button of your keyboard.
  6. Press the blue “Call” button at the base of the dial box and your call will start dialing. Have a conversation from your computer with someone on their phone, wherever they may be!

Tips

  • Calls to the US and Canada are free in 2010. International calls are billed at our insanely low rates.
  • Click on the flag icon to open a drop-down menu that displays all the country dial codes.

  • Click on the money amount to reveal a drop-down menu for history details, rates information, and the ability to add credit.

  • The clock icon represents “call history”.

Warnings

  • If this call application isn’t on your computer yet, you may need to wait. Alternately, it will mean that you need to download the voice and video plug-in if you haven’t already enabled this.
  • Google Voice is an enhanced call management application and is not capable of placing and receiving emergency service calls. Read the complete Terms of Service.

Things You’ll Need

  • Gmail, enabled with voice and video plug-in and having the calling application enabled.

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