Now call any phone right from your Gmail web interface
Google has rolled out new voice calling from Gmail feature that we reported about yesterday. Using a combination of Google voice and video chat, this new call phone feature is current available only for Google account holders in U.S. - so don't waste time looking around for it. New phone calling feature from Gmail will let users dial numbers right from its web interface and talk to their contacts using headphone-mic.
To get this new feature working, you'll need to download install Voice and Video plug-in. Free calling is available for U.S. nationals to the U.S. and Canada for the rest of the year at least. Users based in U.S. can make calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan and many more countries at very low rates like $0.06/per minute (Rs. 2.80 approx.) right from their Gmail interface.
A blogpost on the official Gmail blog stated that Google Voice account holders will have their number displayed as outbound caller ID. Similarly, calls can be received inside Gmail with a few steps. Note that this feature isn't available for Google apps users as of now but will be rolled out shortly.
We wonder if this feature would be made available to Apple devices that use Gmail's HTML5 based web interface. Google has already faced a cold war with Apple over Google Voice and we're sure that all Android phones would be the first ones to get this feature.