Calls from European Google Voice numbers are now part of your license.
what you need to know
- Google has announced new changes to voice calling on European mobile and landline numbers.
- Calls to many European numbers from Google Voice are now included in your license.
- Domestic and international rates previously applied to these calls.
Google offers discounts to Voice customers who frequently call European landline and mobile numbers. It is now cheaper to contact someone in a European country through a Google Voice number.
The search giant announced that your Voice license now covers calls between many European numbers. The latest change, effective February 8, means domestic and international rates no longer apply to these calls.
“This change will reduce the cost of staying in touch with colleagues, partners and customers across Europe,” the company said in a blog post.
This feature is available to all users with European phone numbers, except domains where payphones are disabled.
Previously, calls in Europe were charged by the minute from landlines and mobile devices, including the best Android phones. For example, calling a landline in the UK costs $0.01 per minute.
The latest changes mean you can make these calls without paying extra on top of the Voice plan (Starter, Standard or Premium). The cheapest plans start at $10 per month, but are limited to 10 users and locations, and have no international calls. You must pay $30 per month for the Prime plan, which includes an unlimited number of users and locations.
Google Voice is one of the best Skype alternatives that offers cheaper international calls to and from. What makes it even more valuable is that it lets you make calls in the US and Canada for free.