Google recently announced that the one minute international voice calling to phone numbers in twenty-five different countries is now free on Google Hangouts. But there is a lot more you need to understand beyond the free offer.
The new feature will let you make only the first minute of the international call for free. Earlier, Hangouts used to charge users for making calls according to the prevailing ISD rate. This first minute offer applies to both voice and video calls, and users can make these calls using Hangouts from any of their devices like computers, laptops or smartphones and with Hangouts Dialer on Android and iOS.
Users have to be careful about using this first minute offer. You’ll need to add calling credit to your Google account before making this call, even if you’re pretty sure that the call lasts within a minute. You can use this minute to wish someone abroad on his/her birthday or anniversary, or deliver an important message. But the free first minute will not help you much if you tend to catch up with family and friends staying abroad.
The first minute offer allows you to make calls to the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
While this could be good news to some, others may not be interested in it because most of us aren’t that brief on a phone call. Also, many people aren’t comfortable in revealing their credit card details.