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Skype has some competition as Google Inc. new VIOP services

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 26, 2010

Hello, Skype, is Google there?

Google Inc. said that users of Gmail will now be able to call telephones directly from their e-mail, putting it in direct competition with Web calling service Skype and companies such as AT&T Inc.  

While Google had already offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services; starting yesterday, it said that it will 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 that it would charge low rates for calls made to other countries.

For example, it said that calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China and Japan would be as low as two cents per minute.

Google also said that making a call works like a normal phone, in that a user could click on the “call phone” option in their chat buddy list and type the number or enter a contact’s name.

Skype, owned by private equity firms and eBay Inc., has long allowed consumers to make phone calls from computers, as well as computer-to-computer voice and video calls. Skype said it aims to raise as much as $100 million in a public share offering.

One Response to “Skype has some competition as Google Inc. new VIOP services”

  1. Sajib said

    Not bad. But I always hate the idea of giving more privilege to US users. It’s like Google (and others as well) makes more money from its US-based users, people living in the developing world seem nothing to them.

    Anyway, did you take that photo?

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