Google Voice has already spread like wildfire across North America, putting a new spin on standard talking and texting. Now, reports the Washington Post
, the company has gone international to allow Gmail users across the world to place calls from foreign browsers.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Google said that its Voice application now supports 38 languages, and that international users will notice a new little green phone icon in their chat windows, which allows them to place calls.
The company also announced that calling credit can now be purchased with Euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars, and U.S. dollars.
Due to the expansion, Google has cut the rates for many international calls, and according to the Google Voice Blog, “calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free at least for the rest of 2011.” Google Voice and competitor Skype continue to battle for the lowest call rates.
In addition to U.S. English, the languages now under the umbrella of Google Voice are: British English, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, Latin American Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, Filipino, French, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Modern and Classical Chinese.
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