I sat down today to make some calls to the US through my google email account (gmail), a free service that I have used for quite some time. I kept getting a busy signal and up popped, “Sorry you do not have enough credit to make this phone call”. What ? Credit? Then I noticed the new $0.10 sitting in the right hand corner of the dial pad. Apparently google phone just became google skype. Calls to the US from Dominica on gmail are no longer free 😦 .
You do have the option though of adding credit to your account, just as you would with skype. Calls to the US from Dominica through gmail are now going to be .01 cents a minute. According to the official gmail blog on a 8/2/11 , they noted that they have just expanded their service for international callers and lowered rates, but they forgot to mention that some of us freeloaders will be cut off 🙂 . Good news is, it is dirt cheap to call home. Just note that in using this service the rate link mentions that VAT will be added according to your country of origin.