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Google Hangouts Now Get the Ability to Make Phone Calls
by vijayninel 11-07-13





Google has added the ability to make phone calls to its new Hangouts service and to the Hangouts interface in Gmail. Calls to the US and Canada are now free from all countries where Hangouts calling is available.

Google had announced Hangouts, a unified messaging service that merged its various messaging platforms including Google Talk, Google+ Hangouts, Messenger and Google Talk for Google+, at the Google I/O event in May. However, it until now it only offered text and video chat. Google has said that it's rolling out the service to all users over the next couple of days.


To make voice calls to phone numbers, users need to simply need to look for the new "Call a phone" menu item in Google+ or press the phone icon in Hangouts within Gmail. They can then dial a number or select one from their Google contacts to make a phone call.





The updated voice calls service also includes the ability to add multiple phone numbers and video participants to the same call. Users can also play sound effects (like applause or laughter) with the Google Effects app when on a phone call.

Google has also said that "Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice, and making and receiving calls is just the beginning. "

Indian phone numbers are charged at 2 cents (Rs 1.20) per minute and one needs to add credit in multiples of $10 (Rs 600) to your account in order to make phone calls, except for calls to the US and Canada which are now free. Previously, free calling to numbers in these regions was available only to users located in US and Canada.

For the call rates in your country please see here: https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/rates?hl=en&p=hangout

It will be interesting to see what effect Google hangouts has if any on forums or social networking sites.
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OK move, Google wants to control and make its presence everywhere which includes its pathetic privacy option and policies and so do the other companies.. !
I would not find it surprising if I read that Google is listening to your calls and taking out keywords for ads to be displayed ! like it does with all other services it offers.. !!

I have since some time stopped using Google as my main email provider too and wish that more and more people realize the policies that it employs !!

On record I can say that this company is worse than the Prism spying one from US !!
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The Govt has been listening in on all our calls for a long time bro

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Originally Posted by mrnikhilsudo View Post
The Govt has been listening in on all our calls for a long time bro
Very true. And for those who think that Microsoft is washed in milk, here is a good story in the Guardian Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | World news | The Guardian

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;
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all this reminds me of the novel 'digital fortress' , may that 'prism' thing end up like the one in novel.
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all this reminds me of the novel 'digital fortress' , may that 'prism' thing end up like the one in novel.
I have heard many great things about the novel n the past and now after you mentioned it, i wanna read it even more. will read it soon.
Btw nice feature additions from google, but with our invaded privacy its of less priority.
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I have heard many great things about the novel n the past and now after you mentioned it, i wanna read it even more. will read it soon.
Btw nice feature additions from google, but with our invaded privacy its of less priority.
one of the best novels out there... read it at the earliest...
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Hello guys, I need suggetion from you actually I am getting Gmail error 007 while accessing my Gmail account. Anyone else faced this type of issue? Can anyone suggest me any solution in this matter?
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Nice move from google
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hey!! it is a great facility i really liked it...thanks google
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