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On its altruistic quest for world domination, Google has merged Google Voice with Gmail, allowing users to make phone calls to any number directly from the browser.

According to neowin, Google will be rolling out the feature progressively in the U.S. and Canada over the next few days. Or you can install the Google Voice plugin now, allowing you to make free calls to anyone in the U.S. or Canada, and 2-cent-per-minute calls to 30 select countries.

The feature will allow users to receive calls right in Gmail, too, with their Google Voice phone number. TechCrunch is reporting that "call quality is very, very good – comparable to Skype." TC has a short video demonstrating the new functionality.

For the uninitiated, Google Voice is a (mostly) free phone service and allows users to choose one number for up to six different devices. You can use the same number for a mobile phone, home phone, and work phone, having all phones ring at the same time, or having none of them ring. Voicemails that others leave you are automatically transcribed to text and are forwarded to your e-mail.

The newly integrated Google Voice will also support video chat.

At the same press conference that it announced the new functionality, Google also unveiled plans to install U.K.-style red phone booths across universities and airports to promote Google Voice. Users will be able to make free calls from the booths, which employ Google Voice, to anywhere in the world. The booths are a way for the California-based tech company to show off the the voice quality of the service compared to other VoIP and landline-based phones.

Google did not say how many phone booths it plans to install or release specific locations. Look for more details in the coming weeks.

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By ipay on 8/26/2010 9:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
I just tried it as well. Great quality but I am also unsure as to the benefit yet. Maybe it'll help you skip a step or two when you are browsing the web and want to make a call. There's a great write-up on That's where I learned about it.

RE: Nice
By jimbojimbo on 8/26/2010 11:53:59 AM , Rating: 2
The huge advantage is you don't wind up using any minutes of your cell plan if you're like most people and already ditched that land line.

I've been a Gizmo5 customer for a while now so having this ability to call from a computer isn't all that exciting to me I guess. I do love my VoIP phone though.

RE: Nice
By marvdmartian on 8/26/2010 12:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
Ditched the landline, hardly use my cell phone. Magic Jack, for $20/year, is sufficient for anything I'll ever need.

RE: Nice
By Pirks on 8/26/2010 1:22:21 PM , Rating: 2
Can you accept the calls made from traditional landline phones? Or can you only MAKE calls to them with MagicJack?

RE: Nice
By bbomb on 8/26/2010 3:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
Magicjack can make and receive calls, the caveat being that the computer it is installed on has to be always online and always on, not even in sleep mode.

RE: Nice
By jimbojimbo on 8/26/2010 3:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
My Google Voice and Gizmo5. $0/year. Well, I did pay $40 for the VoIP box but that was over a year ago.

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