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    4 Minute Roundup: Google Offers Free Calls via Gmail

    by Mark Glaser
    August 27, 2010
    Google now lets anyone in the U.S. make calls from their computer to anyone else in the U.S. or Canada for free -- if you have Gmail


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    It's an interesting and creepy possibility that they could one day serve ads in your browser based on what you're saying." - Mitch Wagner

    In this week’s 4MR podcast I look at the recently launched free phone service from Google through Gmail. Undercutting Skype and other VoIP services (not to mention landlines), Google is letting people call from their computer to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada for free, and charging low international rates. What’s in it for Google? I spoke to tech pundit and Computerworld contributor Mitch Wagner to learn more.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Mitch Wagner:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Call Phones from Gmail at Google

    Six Things Google’s Free Phone Service Can’t Do at NY Times

    Gmail call feature a ringing success, a million times over at Christian Science Monitor

    How to make calls using Gmail at CNET

    Google reportedly adding voice calling to Gmail at Computerworld

    Gmail Voice Is About Future Search, Not Free Calls at Gizmodo

    Gmail’s now in the phone biz. Trouble for carriers down the road? at Sprint Connection blog

    Google continues the assault on the price of a phone call at Washington Post

    Google adds free phone calls to Gmail, wow at Seattle Times

    Google Voice phone booths Dr. Who might love at News.com

    Google introduces Gmail-linked phone service at SF Chronicle

    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think the future of the landline will be:


    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.


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