Make Free Phone Calls from Inside Google+ Hangouts

Google has added a new feature to Google+ Hangouts: make free phone calls from inside a hangout. This new feature is initially available inside Hangouts with extras (, and Google currently supports calls to the US and Canada for free.

The new feature is designed to make it easier to conference people into Hangout sessions while they're away from a computer or with non-Google+ users.

"We are constantly listening to feedback so that we can make Hangouts even better for Google+ users, and we're excited by the really cool ways people are using the product. Today we’re making it possible to make phone calls from inside a hangout, so you can dial people into the room from wherever they’re at.", Jarkko Oikarinen said.

The steps for adding a telephone participant are straightforward:

1. Click Invite at the top of the hangouts with extras window
2. Click the Phone tab on the left of the window, and enter the phone number you wish to call.
3. Click Call now.

The free offer is supposed to last through 2012. There's no support for international calling, but Google recommends you use Google Voice for that.


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