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dafoneguy

join:2011-03-10
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Re: Gmail: Free calls in 2013, Google Voice not mentioned

Google Voice made the announcement on the Gmail Blog this year instead of the Google Voice Blog for whatever reason. ?? It is confirmed that Google Voice is free for 2013 on the Gmail Blog.

»gmailblog.blogspot.com/

There is also an article from Forbes about the announcement.

»www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/201···ndustry/

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said by dafoneguy:

Google Voice made the announcement on the Gmail Blog this year instead of the Google Voice Blog for whatever reason. ?? It is confirmed that Google Voice is free for 2013 on the Gmail Blog.

Sorry, it's not confirmed at all.

As has been repeatedly said above, that announcement refers to GMail Voice, not to Google Voice.

In the previous years, both programs (which have different histories, different blogs, different forums, different staff) were each mentioned by name. This year only one was mentioned.

said by dafoneguy:

There is also an article from Forbes about the announcement.

Unfortunately, Forbes makes mistakes too. They clearly don't understand the distinction between GMv and GV. Their knowledge of VoIP probably doesn't extend much beyond Skype and Vonage.

Hey, even the New York Times makes mistakes. They publish corrections almost every day.

This issue is not settled at all.


NotTheMama
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join:2012-12-06
You know what we should do... first, list all of the methods available for making direct calls using a Google Voice number--subdivided between those that require signing in to Gmail Voice/Chat/Talk and those that don't; and then we can try to estimate what percentage of the total calls that might be for each. (Maybe the latter percentage is so small that Google doesn't care about it?)
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"...but ya doesn't hasta call me Johnson!"

gweidenh

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You can make calls by:

1) Using the softphone built into the Gmail interface
2) Using Google Hangouts call phone function
3) Initiating a call from the Google Voice webpage
4) Calling your Google Voice number from one of your forwarding phones
5) Using the Google Voice smartphone app to initiate calls

All of these methods use the exact same calling rates and billing methods. Account credit comes out of your Google Voice credit.