Gmail users made a million calls in the first 24 hours
A little more than a day ago, the function of VoIP calls from Gmail was launched , and now the company reported that in the first 24 hours the number of calls exceeded one million.
Such a rapid adoption of a new feature is not surprising, given that Gmail has hundreds of millions of users around the world, although calls are now available only to Americans. Calls to the United States and Canada are free until the end of the year (Google slightly subsidizes them out of pocket), and you can call abroad from 2 cents / minute. Prices in many areas are the lowest among the major VoIP-operators, and Google does not plan to raise prices after 2010.
According to Ryan Singel from Wired , this Google initiative is aimed not so much against Skype, which is preparing for an IPO, but against Facebook, with which there is fierce competition for the role of a central place for online communications. Google has a powerful trump card here - Android phones, which are tightly integrated with Gmail and Google Voice.