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Free phone call with Google Voice and Google Hangouts

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I just discovered that you can make free phone calls from your computer using Google Voice and Google Hangouts (of course you’ll need a headset or usb phone). Good to know!

It works best using the Chrome browser.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. Next step: make friends!

    Gozo

    March 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    • Google just announced the other day they are taking SMS functionality out of Hangouts. Apparently this is because they want to position Hangouts as a “Slack” alternative and didn’t want people to confuse Hangouts with Google’s other 15 messaging apps. There was some detail about how if you use Hangouts with a non carrier Google Voice number (which is what I have) then it doesn’t apply to you but my eyes are glossing over at that point. Using any google product other than Gmail is just exhausting. It wasn’t long ago that they forced all Google Voice users to integrate with Hangouts and no I guess everybody using a carrier supplied number has to integrate now but I shouldn’t because I got my number from Google but it really shouldn’t be this difficult.

      PerezHBD

      March 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      • “Using any google product other than Gmail is just exhausting. ”

        I can’t thank you enough. I thought I was stupid.

        Explainer 21

        March 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      • Google Search is exhausting?

        However all of their social media experiments like Hangouts, Google+ etc. suck.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm

  2. you can call phone numbers from hangout? But can you get a phone number for yourself?

    RS

    March 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

  3. I’ve used this for years. The only number I give people is my GV number, which is forwarded to my cell phone. When someone calls, it rings simultanously on my phone and computer, and I can pick it up on either one. I can also text from GV number, and use hangouts on my phone or my laptop (and it’s the only messaging app that has never had any issue keeping every conversation perfectly in sync across devices…)

    jimbo

    March 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

  4. Google Voice isn’t available for people living overseas. But I used to use Google Voice with an Obihai analog telephone adapter (ATA) in America. An ATA let’s you bypass your PC and link your internet connection straight to a telephone. I found that more convenient than being tethered to the computer every time I made a call. If you use an Obihai then you won’t need to leave your computer on because it doesn’t use one.

    This setup saved me thousands in phone bills over the years. Highly recommended.

    destructure

    March 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

  5. I have1350 minutes on my phone for 1 year and i won’t even use that so i don’t really need to use google voice. Calling is so cheap now anyway. I can get a calling card on Tracfone and call Europe for 1.5 cents a minute.

    ttgy

    March 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

  6. Can you make international calls for free?

    Yakov

    March 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm

  7. Operator, well could you help me place this call? See, the number on the matchbook is old and faded. She’s living in L.A. with my best old ex-friend.

    Vincent

    March 27, 2017 at 10:07 pm

  8. Up until the early ’70s, my grandparents had a party-line.

    My hometown switched from 5-digit dialing to 7-digit dialing in the late ’70s. I can still remember my family’s home tel no., and a couple others from friends’. It was a a bit of a shock when our section of the state got its own 3-digit area code in the mid-80s.

    I have crystal clear unlimited talk & text on my $35/mo MetroPCS flip phone, so I’m good.

    E. Rekshun

    March 28, 2017 at 3:57 am

  9. whatsapp calls worldwide, and fully encrypted.

    barton parker

    March 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm


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