Make free phone calls to US & Canada from any country if you have a Google voice account

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A few weeks back, Google launched a feature in Gmail which enabled their Google voice users to make free calls to phones in the US and Canada from within Gmail. However, this feature is only available to users physically located in the US and Canada. Even if you have a Google voice account, Gmail doesn’t show up the option when you log in from any other country (they use your ip address to detect where you are located).

However, there is a smart workaround using which you can use use this feature from any country.

Here are the steps:

  1. Sign in to Gmail/Google talk and Google Voice simultaneously. Yes, if you have a Google voice account, you can sign in from any country.
  2. Click on the Call button in Google Voice.
  3. In the dialog box that pops up, select “Google Talk” under “Phone to call with”:
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  4. Click Connect.
  5. You will now get an anonymous call in Gmail or Google Talk (wherever you are signed in):
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  6. Answer the call. Google will now call the number you specified and connect you to the call.
  7. Enjoy!

Thanks Bharat for the tip!

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  1. Hi,

    I don't have a Google Voice account. Any work around to get one ? Using US proxy ?

  2. Sir can you confirm if this work around is still working or not ?

    Just check, as I'm not getting Call / text Button as shown in the picture.

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