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Hangouts Gains Free Voice Calls

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Sep 10, 2014, 10:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today updated its Hangouts service with the ability to make free voice calls from Android and iOS devices, as well as from the web. Hangouts users can call one another and regular numbers in the U.S. and Canada without incurring any costs. Google says calls to other countries will require fees, but its rates are low. Google plans to make Hangouts version 2.3 available to Android devices over the next few days, and users wishing to make calls will need to install an additional dialer. The feature will show up automatically in the iOS and web versions of Hangouts. Hangouts users are already able to use the app to send IM and SMS messages, as well as make video calls.

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Sep 10, 2014, 2:21 PM

Better Options

Facebook Messenger already has free calling and IM to any other user - in ANY country for free. Skype also has the same features, plus the added ability to call or text regular phone numbers for a small fee. Both services have larger communities.

What advantage does Hangouts have?
other thing about the facebook messenger thing is that not a lot of people with install it due to all the problems its been having and all of the access it needs like personally i wont download it.
so for that reason alone for a device, people are go...
Blackberry Messenger also the option of turning a BBM exchange into a phone call over WiFi
Facebook messenger can only call other facebook users and skype phone calls cost money.Google voice calls on the other hand are completely free to call an US number. So I'd say either option you mentioned isn't better. I've used the google voice calli...

Sep 10, 2014, 1:39 PM

About Time!!!

This only took them a year to release this feature on their own OS. I've been using calling features on the iOS version since last year. Hopefully they also add the 10 second video clips and stickers feature too.
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