Free Google Video Chat Now Adds Call Waiting!

If you are a Gmail’er, then you know about the awesome free video chat. ( Click at bottom for more info)  Now Gmail has added call waiting and multiple call support for its in-built Google Voice client, which is free until the end of the year. As Google wrote in a blog post, up to now Gmail users could only make one voice/video call at a time. But with today’s announcement, you can now receive multiple calls in Gmail: “If you’re in a call and make a second one, your first call will be put on hold while you talk on your new call. You can switch between calls by pressing the “Resume” button on the call you want to talk on, which will automatically put the previous call on hold,” Google wrote.

Last August Google integration a version of Google Voice to its Gmail service which lets people make free video calls within their Gmail interface. It logged one million calls within the first 24 hours. Google originally planned to make Gmail calling free until the end of 2010. Early last December it offered free call credits to military families, but a couple weeks later scrubbed plans to charge for Gmail calling and extended the service for free until the end of 2011. To access, look for “Call Phone” at the top of your Gmail chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name. The service is currently only available to U.S.- and Canada-based Gmail users. Click here to get a Google Voice number.  Thanks to Free Things to Do in Atlanta and Free Things to Do in San Diego for this great tech tip!


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