At the end of 2011 and 2010, the company announced that it would continue offering free voice calling via the Gmail chat widget, and it looks like that function is here to stay yet again.
Google introduced voice calling through Gmail back in 2008, but said that this feature would only be free for its first year. Since then, it has extended this offer year after year. As Google’s voice calling ability enters its fifth year, the service remains free. This announcement comes just after the company decided to cut some free services earlier this month.
While Google continues to keep its domestic calling service free of charge in the United States and Canada, the company has a little update to the feature that provides the base for this service which is Google Voice. There are some new changes such as the addition contacts integration with Google+ and the launch of an updated Android app. However, Google Voice remained untouched in 2012.
Google product manager Mayur Kamat did not give details concerning why the company is extending the service in his post on the company’s blog. It is still not clear why Google is keeping free Gmail voice calls separate from its Google Voice service bit either way, free is free and we are not complaining.