Google Hangouts App Now Allows Free Calling to US and Canada for iPhone Users - HotHardware
Google Hangouts App Now Allows Free Calling to US and Canada for iPhone Users

Google Hangouts App Now Allows Free Calling to US and Canada for iPhone Users

For years now, U.S.-based Google users have been able to fire up Gmail in a web browser on their computer and phone friends in both the U.S. and Canada at no charge. To boot, that's regardless of location; so long as you have a stable Internet connection, your Gmail window can act as your telephone. Unfortunately, the service didn't extend beyond the desktop. The mobile Gmail app (and even the Google Voice app for iPhone) still doesn't offer this, which led to third-party apps such as Talkatone being created to plug the obvious hole.



Now, however, Google is addressing the issue in an interesting way. Instead of patching the Google Voice app, it has massively updated the iOS edition of Hangouts. The refreshed build works for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, enabling users to make and receive calls over 3G and Wi-Fi. Calls to Canada and the U.S. and free, and international calls are dirt cheap. Plus, as long as you have the app running, you can receive calls in the background, just as you would a typical phone call.

If you're a Google Voice user, you can make and receive calls from any of your iOS devices with today's update. Outgoing calls will come from your Google Voice number, and incoming Voice calls can be answered from Google+ Hangouts.



Voice minutes are becoming less and less useful because of programs such as this, and honestly, we couldn't be more thrilled. Long live data.
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Time to pull hangouts from the store again and say there's an issue with the approval process as Apple introduces their brand new "feature" that does the same thing!

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So, I have one question: Who's number is that exactly?

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Okay...now who exactly is Dudley Cmohiney?

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Phone companies are still going to have that data limit. I assume voice calls don't take up too much data. I know there are some little companies that are trying to give like 100 minutes and a lot of data because thats the direction we are moving in. One day everyone will be able to enjoy crystal clear video chat!

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