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    Hi all,

    Gmail is taking on Skype!

    Take care,

    Jay

    Google to Allow Phone Calls From Gmail
    By REUTERS, August 25, 2010, Filed at 6:31 p.m. ET

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/...gewanted=print

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc said users of Gmail will now be able to call telephones directly from their email, putting it in direct competition with Web calling service Skype and more traditional operators such as AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications.

    While Google had already offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services, it said that starting on Wednesday it will now allow calls to home phones and mobile phones directly from Gmail for the first time.

    Google promised free calls to U.S. and Canadian phones from Gmail for the rest of this year and said it would charge low rates for calls made to other countries.

    For example it said calls to Britain, France, Germany, China and Japan would be as low as 2 cents per minute.

    Analysts said the service would likely be a bigger competitive threat to services like Skype's than to traditional phone companies, which have already been cutting their call prices in recent years in response to stiff competition.

    "This is a risk to Skype. It's a competitor with a pretty good brand name," said Hudson Square analyst Todd Rethemeier.

    Skype, which owned by private equity firms and eBay Inc and planning a $100 million initial public offering, has long allowed consumers to make calls from computers to phones. Skype became popular by first offering free computer-to-computer voice and video services.

    Like Skype, Rethemeier said the Google service will likely be much more popular among U.S. consumers making international calls, than among people calling friends inside the country.

    "Calling is so cheap already that I don't think it will attract a huge amount of domestic calling. It could take some of the international market," he said.

    Another analyst, Steve Clement from Pacific Crest, said that anybody who is tempted by Internet calling services has likely already disconnected their home phone.

    "The type of person who would use a service like that isn't the type of customer who still has a landline," Clement said.

    Google said making a call through its service works like a normal phone in that a user could click on the "call phone" option in their chat buddy list in Gmail and type in the number or enter a contact's name.

    Calls that cost money will be charged from an online account that users can top up with a credit card, Google said. The service will not be available for making outgoing calls on cell phones because other Google apps already cater to that market, the company added.

    Google shares closed up $3.23, or 0.72 percent, at $454.62 on the Nasdaq, while the shares of eBay rose 29 cents, or 1.27 percent, to $23.16, also on the Nasdaq.

    (Reporting by Sinead Carew; Additional reporting by Bill Rigby; editing by Andre Grenon and Steve Orlofsky)
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    This is cool, but I never sit in front of my computer to call anyone and likely never will. Now when this goes mobile, then you have something...
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    I can see it being useful as you are reading an email and either want to discuss its contents (you are already there at gmail. Why not just 'click' and talk) or if you wish to inform someone of something you just learned (may have gmail open on a tab and then check weather. You have family on the road, so call them and warn about it, etc)


    Otherwise, I agree. I cannot see it as an everyday phone call mechanism.
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    Don't be surprised if you see ads on your screen related to your conversation. Seriously.
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    I would not be a user of it. As long as I have my Palm,I feel no need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogeypre View Post
    This is cool, but I never sit in front of my computer to call anyone and likely never will. Now when this goes mobile, then you have something...
    I see your point Pogey, but at the same time if you're mobile....

    ...you have your phone, right?

    What I really want to see is an official Google Voice App.
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    Hi all,

    Here is an update.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Google: More than 1 million calls through Gmail in 24 hours
    By Sam Diaz | August 26, 2010, 1:02pm PDT

    Google: More than 1 million calls through Gmail in 24 hours | ZDNet

    There was no official blog post to report the overnight success of the Google Voice integration into Gmail. But in the first 24 hours since the service launched, more than 1 million calls were placed.

    The message came via a Tweet on the official company Twitter feed and linked back to yesterdayís company blog post announcing the integration of the two products. In that sense, itís not a big announcement for the company but rather a slight nudge to the companyís 2.4 million followers on Twitter that a new free service is available to them.

    Google Voice is automatically being added to Gmail accounts in the U.S. The service allows users who donít have a Google Voice number to use the service anyway for outbound calls that show a generic Caller ID number.

    The company has said that calls within the U.S. and Canada will be free at least through the end of the year, but likely longer if revenue from international calling can sustain it. Google is offering international calling at rates competitive to other VoIP-like offerings.
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