Gmail international calls

This item appears on page 79 of the October 2010 issue.

Users of Google’s free e-mail service Gmail, with accounts registered in the US or Canada, now can make free or low-cost calls. (Log in to your Gmail account and use the “call phones” button on the left side.)

The service allows free calls to the US and Canada as well as rates as low as two cents per minute to landlines in France and the UK and six cents per minute to India, etc.

Credit can be bought in increments of $10 via a credit card, and calls are conducted through one’s computer’s microphone and speakers. For more info, visit