I Just Used Gmail Phone

Has anyone made much use of the Gmail telephone feature yet?

I used it a week or so ago to call my brother and he called me back. We both said, “Neat,” and that was it.

But today I used it for real. Our phone line got knocked out in a storm this morning, but I just placed an order for some Chinese food through the Gmail phone feature. It worked like a regular phone. Thank you, Google. You saved me from making my own supper tonight.

All calls inside North America are free for 2010. International calls are something like 2 cents a minute.

I prefer it over Skype because: 1) I don’t have to load up Skype. 2) I don’t have to look at anyone’s face. 3) I don’t have to explain to my mother how to use Skype. She already knows how to answer her phone. 4) The connection felt like a regular phone connection with no delay or weird MP3-type compression noise that I often get with Skype.

I’d get rid of my phone altogether if this thing could take messages and block telemarketing calls. That has to happen some day, right? Why hasn’t it already happened?

About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

2 Replies to “I Just Used Gmail Phone”

  1. hi!
    i tried using gmail phone and i do agree with you…it’s just that im wondering since im in another country and i am availing of the free call, will the person im calling get charges for the free calls i make?

    thanks! would appreciate your help! :)

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