If you checked your Gmail account in August you may have noticed a button to make a phone call. Millions took advantage of this great feature, the ability to execute a VOIP call from within the Gmail app. It’s actually genius and anyone who does a lot of work via email knows this.
Google originally announced that the VOIP calling would be free until the end of the year, however Google has decided to extend that free calling through 2011.
Investment firm Goldman Sachs thinks that the free VOIP calling is a way Google can deflect people switching to the new facebook email, while others speculate it’s to give Skype just enough of a headache before an IPO.
Whatever the reason, another free way to make calls all year long is a welcomed treat from Google this holiday season.