In an effort to make more people use Google Hangouts for their international calls, Google Hangouts is now offering first minute free international calls to users of 25 countries all throughout 2014 and a user will be charged from the second minute. The first free minute of international calling to select countries will be useful to many to spread some good cheer to loved ones in foreign lands as the holiday season is quickly approaching.
For the rest of 2014, the first minute of most calls to 25 countries are free, and you’ll be charged for each minute after. Calls where the first minute are free will say, “First minute free” on the call screen. If you don’t see this message, you’ll be charged for the first minute.
Here are the countries where you can get free calling:
- Canada: Most calls will be free. A few destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute after the first minute. The 1-cent rate may vary depending on the local currency. You can look up the cost through the calling credit page for your Google account.
- Dominican Republic
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States: Most calls will be free. A few destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute after the first minute. The 1-cent rate may vary depending on the local currency. You can look up the cost through the calling credit page for your Google Account.
You’ll need to have some calling credit in your Google account (that you can add with your credit card) to get your first minute free, as you’ll be charged for the duration of your call beyond that first minute. You can look up the rates for voice calls here.
I tried this service today on my HTC One and it just works perfectly fine. How about you?