Google Lowers VoIP Calling Rates, Puts The Pinch On Skype
Note: This is good news for us "VoIP" consumers. Competition is good in these areas so providers don't get lazy and take their dedicated customers for granted.
Google is quietly moving in on Skype's turf, and while users have long been able to call others from within Gmail, Google's making it even more attractive this week: the company has announced that the service is now being offered in 38 new languages, and users can buy calling credit in their choice of four currencies (Euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars) with no connection fees.
In order to toss a wrench in Skype's plans, Google is reducing calling rates to over 150 destinations around the world. For example, it’s now only $0.10 (or €0.08) per minute to call mobile phones in the U.K., France or Germany (landlines are $0.02/min), $0.15/minute to call mobile phones in Mexico and $0.02/min to call any phone number in China and India.
Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free at least for the rest of 2011, and calls to the U.S. or Canada placed from outside these countries will be charged $0.01 per minute (or €0.01, £0.01, C$0.01 per minute).