SEARCH ENGINE OUTFIT Google has added voice calling to its Gmail service.
Robin Schriebman, software engineer at Google wrote on the company's blog that it means that users will soon be able to call landlines and mobiles worldwide for free or for low prices.
He said that given that most people don't spend all day in front of our computers, Google thought it would be nice if users could call people directly on their phones.
The VoIP-based service will apparently be available in the US for the time being but some in the UK have managed to access to it already.
Calls to the US and Canada, both to landlines and mobiles, from other countries will remain free until the end of the year without any connection fees while countries like Mexico, France and UK will be charged 1.2p a minute. µ
So much for democracy
But in fairness, you could get a free Office subscription
Speeds won't be throttled, but data usage will be capped