Well I mentioned yesterday that Google began rolling out the ability for US-based Gmail users to make and receive calls on the Gmail web interface with actual phones, free domestic and Canada, significantly better rates than Skype’s for international calls. According to a tweet, over a million such calls were made in the first 24 hours. There would have been a couple more from me if they had rolled it out a little quicker but that’s still impressive, breaking a million that fast.
Now this is reining in the media’s attention, articles about the one million mark in addition to the old rollout bits will get read by people who’d otherwise not think to click the Call phone link in the Chat box as more people who don’t read such things but use Gmail notice it and try it out and realize that this is a thoroughly badass implementation of VoIP and mark my words this will be huge.
Wait, it already is huge. Hmm. Okay, mark my words, … mark my words: I don’t know if Skype’s a public company but if it is, this here blogger is giving it a strong sell recommendation.
Incidentally, your Skype USB phone may be compatible with Gmail’s calling service.