Google recently added free voice calling ability to its Hangouts app. The feature enabled users to make voice calls to their friends and other people within the country at no charge. But if you wanted to talk to a friend living abroad, you had to pay for it. Good news, the company has now announced that it won t charge you for the first minute of an international call. The feature will work in 25 different countries including India. Also Read - Google redesigning its Search results on mobile for better user experienceAlso Read - Google threatens to stop its Search engine in Australia, govt responds
“The first 60 seconds is on us – what you say is up to you. The first minute of calls to phone numbers in twenty-five different countries is now free with Hangouts,” says Google. Also Read - Android 12 expected features: 'App Pairs', restricted networking mode, app hibernation and more
While one-minute may not be enough for you to have long-winded conversations, it would still let you forward an important but brief message to others. The company will start charging you for the call as soon as the clock moves beyond one minute. For that reason, you will have to provide your credit card details to Google, even if all you intend to do is make one minute calls.
The feature works across all of Hangouts clients, including the Android app, iOS app, and web version. The countries that are getting the free one-minute call feature include 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.
Google will charge you one cent per minute (around 60 paisa) as you exceed the one-minute free call duration. The company claims that other leading international call services charge three cents (180 paisa approximately) for the same. Skype, on the other hand, charges 1.7 cents per minute, while also offering several other monthly plans that could reduce the cost.