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Title: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2010, 07:46:42 PM
I just made my first phone call from gmail-it works great and its free!

Has anyone made a call from Israel to the US yet?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: SuperFlyer on August 25, 2010, 07:47:51 PM
I just made my first phone call from gmail-it works great and its free!

Has anyone made a call from Israel to the US yet?

are you talking about the gmail to gmail? google talk?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2010, 07:50:36 PM
are you talking about the gmail to gmail? google talk?
No, my gmail account now has a phone pad to make real free phone calls.

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/call-phones-from-gmail.html
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2010, 07:51:33 PM
It says it's for US based users, so change your address to the US if you're not based here.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 25, 2010, 07:52:28 PM
I was wondering why it hadn't been posted yet!
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: SuperFlyer on August 25, 2010, 07:53:53 PM
It says it's for US based users, so change your address to the US if you're not based here.

Cute, didn't know that.

I have shloisho drochim to call the usa for free.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 25, 2010, 08:08:25 PM

Cute, didn't know that.

I have shloisho drochim to call the usa for free.
Gizmo5 whistle and this?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: E on August 25, 2010, 08:11:56 PM
I just made my first phone call from gmail-it works great and its free!

Has anyone made a call from Israel to the US yet?
was on with israel an hour or 2 ago works great
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 25, 2010, 08:12:20 PM
Anyone else having trouble in firefox? I got it to work, but only in chrome
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2010, 08:24:37 PM
Anyone else having trouble in firefox? I got it to work, but only in chrome
Works for me just fine.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 25, 2010, 08:31:46 PM
I guess no more gizmo (as long as this is free, although I get the feeling that if this changes, Gvoice will change as well).
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 25, 2010, 08:34:21 PM
was on with israel an hour or 2 ago works great
Time to post on main site ;)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ygift on August 25, 2010, 08:36:12 PM
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN HOW TO USE IT TO CALL ISRAEL FOR FREE? i HAVE A GMAIL ACCT AND A GOOGLE NUMBER BUT WHAT DO I NEED SO IT SHOULD BE USABLE WORLDWIDE?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 25, 2010, 08:38:41 PM
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN HOW TO USE IT TO CALL ISRAEL FOR FREE? i HAVE A GMAIL ACCT AND A GOOGLE NUMBER BUT WHAT DO I NEED SO IT SHOULD BE USABLE WORLDWIDE?

NOPE AND STOP SHOUTING You can only use it to call US numbers for free
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 25, 2010, 08:39:45 PM
And btw you do not need a google voice number to be able to use this service, although if you do, you will be able to receive incoming calls.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2010, 08:59:44 PM
was on with israel an hour or 2 ago works great
So someone in Israel with a Gmail account called you from it?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: artcraftcrocs on August 25, 2010, 09:31:41 PM
im in canada it doesnt allow me to use it
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: E on August 25, 2010, 10:18:14 PM
So someone in Israel with a Gmail account called you from it?
yes exactly
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 25, 2010, 11:48:28 PM
Anyone else having trouble in firefox? I got it to work, but only in chrome

Strangest thing. I thought it was firefox at first. It works in my wife's account, but not in mine...i tried hers in FF and IE. Mine wont work in either...anyone else having trouble?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2010, 11:59:35 PM
im in canada it doesnt allow me to use it
I'm assuming you mean there's no option for it?  Because we have a report that it does work from Israel.
When you signed up for Gmail did you choose Canada or US?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 26, 2010, 12:17:45 AM
Strangest thing. I thought it was firefox at first. It works in my wife's account, but not in mine...i tried hers in FF and IE. Mine wont work in either...anyone else having trouble?
I'm assuming you mean there's no option for it?  Because we have a report that it does work from Israel.
When you signed up for Gmail did you choose Canada or US?

After reading around about it, it seems gmail has not released it to every gmail account yet. All of gmail accounts (except my main one, of course) has it already.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: NOOCH on August 26, 2010, 07:38:53 AM
can u receive incoming calls to an international number through Google voice
(my sis lives in France and i wanna be able to call her without any hassle)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 26, 2010, 08:21:20 AM
I was never able to get it to work on any accounts on any browser here in Israel. One solution may be hotspot shield.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Avid Reader on August 26, 2010, 10:07:20 AM
Same thing as David, my main account (has google voice) does not have it but one of my secondary accts has.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 26, 2010, 10:15:43 AM
What browser?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 26, 2010, 10:23:24 AM
What browser?
My secondary account and wife's account work in all browsers. Mine does not work in any browser.

I found some more details here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=206e1af8d16ee5fe&hl=en

To quote a google employee there: "We're rolling out this new feature to Gmail account in the US today and over the next couple of days, so not all accounts will have this immediately"
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Avid Reader on August 26, 2010, 10:39:00 AM
What browser?

FF
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 26, 2010, 12:11:36 PM
i have two accounts and my wife has one. didin't get it on any of them (tried ff and ie)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 26, 2010, 04:07:26 PM
Another thread indicating that not all accounts have it yet: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/chat/thread?hl=en&tid=44911fdf8c843599

Also see that thread if you cant complete a call
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: jong on August 26, 2010, 04:21:28 PM
used my free 10cents to call israel... worked beautifully

i used to use gvoice to make free calls to canada; but now with this new option i havent dialed a number from my phone during the daytime in 2 days.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 26, 2010, 05:51:05 PM
can u receive incoming calls to an international number through Google voice
(my sis lives in France and i wanna be able to call her without any hassle)
from google voice
"International numbers are not supported as forwarding phones"
(unless its a VOIP line of course)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: avi2018 on August 26, 2010, 07:36:02 PM
When you signed up for Gmail did you choose Canada or US?
Highly doudt it makes a difference just picks up where the ip address is.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 26, 2010, 10:35:32 PM
Finally!  My "call button" just showed up.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 27, 2010, 02:27:32 AM
It works when I'm signed in from the US, but not IL
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 27, 2010, 02:51:15 AM
It works when I'm signed in from the US, but not IL
same here
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 27, 2010, 04:42:39 AM
It works when I'm signed in from the US, but not IL
although the option to fwd your google voice calls to gmail chat DOES show up it the google voice settings. i  tried it and my gmail inbox started ringing.  BUT for some reason even though i turned call screening off,  when i click answer the recording says "to accept press 1, to  send to voicemail  press 2" and i have no way of answering because there's no keypad to select an option. i guess i'll have to stick with the really old fashioned 1900's way of communicating. the telephone.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 27, 2010, 05:18:56 AM
Cool. At least I can make outgoing now.
Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 27, 2010, 12:02:45 PM
Cool. At least I can make outgoing now.
Thanks for the tip!
How do you do that?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 27, 2010, 02:05:16 PM
If you are outside the US, you will likely want to see this before you screw things up: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2010/08/dont-click-this-button-in-google-voice.html

Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 28, 2010, 01:49:13 PM
How do you do that?
You have an option in Google Talk to forward to Google Talk. Enable that option, click call, type the number you wish to call, and use phone "Google Talk". It will show up as a voice call in Gtalk. Click "answer"
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 29, 2010, 01:56:22 AM
Cool. At least I can make outgoing now.
Thanks for the tip!
oh right. dint think of that i'll try it out.

If you are outside the US, you will likely want to see this before you screw things up: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2010/08/dont-click-this-button-in-google-voice.html
im still not getting the "call phone" option in my inbox even though my default language is set to english. (im in IL)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 29, 2010, 07:07:55 AM
Cool. At least I can make outgoing now.
Thanks for the tip!
yup it  works.
now lets work on incoming. is  anyone else having this issue with having to press 1 to accept even with the option turned off?
there's gotta be some sort of desktop keypad available for download so that you can press 1 to accept when it rings in your inbox. (im talking about out of the US)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 29, 2010, 07:11:52 AM
I wonder if you use your system sounds as a mic (sound card dependent) and play the sound of a 1 being pressed if that would work
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 29, 2010, 08:20:27 AM
i can't say i fully understand exactly what you mean but i doubt it would work
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2010, 12:53:43 PM
None of you guys in Israel have Gizmo5?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 29, 2010, 01:00:45 PM
Nope. Only found out about it after they closed registration. Hopefully it will open soon.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 29, 2010, 01:24:15 PM
You could try whistle (I downloaded it but never tried it because I realized that I already had gizmo5 but never set it up).
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 29, 2010, 02:50:24 PM
None of you guys in Israel have Gizmo5?
nope. woke up too late
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2010, 03:53:56 PM
Have you guys tried using US proxies?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 30, 2010, 02:35:55 AM
Have you guys tried using US proxies?
no. but i did do a test by logging in to my family computer back in the US using logmein. I then logged into my gmail remotely - and the call phone option does come up. I'm assuming that using a US proxy would have the same results.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 30, 2010, 10:56:36 AM
I've logged in to accounts from israel and was able to enable google voice
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gdam on August 30, 2010, 05:39:17 PM
I've logged in to accounts from israel and was able to enable google voice

using proxy?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 30, 2010, 06:50:10 PM
sorry for not being clear I actually logged in from the US.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 30, 2010, 07:52:01 PM
I've logged in to accounts from israel and was able to enable google voice
sorry for not being clear I actually logged in from the US.
:-\ :-\
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on August 31, 2010, 03:09:38 AM
:-\ :-\
whats the confusion (or indecisiveness)? in my situation both statements make perfect sense  :) logmein....
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 31, 2010, 06:17:04 AM
That wouldn't be logging in from israel
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 31, 2010, 11:13:29 AM
The account was from Israel the login in the US to get the person a GV number.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Avid Reader on September 06, 2010, 11:40:19 AM
It seems from Google's wording "Make free calls to the US and Canada in 2010" that they may start charging for this soon, perhaps as soon as 2011.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: MisterHock on September 06, 2010, 01:14:54 PM
It seems from Google's wording "Make free calls to the US and Canada in 2010" that they may start charging for this soon, perhaps as soon as 2011.
In a blog post announcing the feature, Google would only commit to offering free calls in the U.S. and Canada through the end of the year. Google's Craig Walker, product manager for real-time communications, said the company had no plans to raise rates beyond 2010, but it is still waiting to see if it will make enough margin on international calls to justify the free cost of U.S. and Canada calls. It will cost a little more to call mobile phones in countries outside the U.S., depending on the country."
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/voice/thread?tid=035364aee546f8ed&hl=en
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on September 06, 2010, 03:28:28 PM
is this a good way to call israeli cell fones? 10 cents a min

any better ways?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on September 06, 2010, 03:36:57 PM
callback might be cheaper google it
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: md on September 18, 2010, 10:16:44 PM
I'm going to Israel & have Google Voice on my BB.
A. Will I be able to call the US for free from my BB via GV?
B. If a US telephone calls me on my GV # on my BB will I be charged INTL rates from Verizon?
Thanks
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: yaakov on September 29, 2010, 01:43:22 AM
you could make the free call from your landline phone. just call your google voice # press * then enter your pass. and then press 2 for free call
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on September 29, 2010, 11:26:30 AM
I'm going to Israel & have Google Voice on my BB.
A. Will I be able to call the US for free from my BB via GV?
B. If a US telephone calls me on my GV # on my BB will I be charged INTL rates from Verizon?
Thanks
no. no.
your blackberry only forwards the calls (so they are incoming rather then outgoing) but INTL roaming still applies. it would only be free if you had some kind of SIP program on your blackberry and were connected to the internet (either Wifi or pay INTL data rates vs. talk rates)
more ionfo in this thread http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2639.0
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Armadillo on October 04, 2010, 08:43:08 PM
Have you guys tried using US proxies?
I use hotspot shield and it works - when enabled the call button shows up.
I also got gizmo5 but haven't set it up yet - I actually traded for it online with someone for 3 google voice invites
p.s. about two days later google voice went public :P
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on October 05, 2010, 03:14:22 AM
I use hotspot shield and it works
BTW, I just recently discovered that hotspot shield redirects urls through their affiliate links - even when disabled! Not the worst adware ever, but still pretty disgusting
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: miles on October 07, 2010, 03:52:03 PM
when im calling from gmail i cant press any number after the call picks up example i cant enter my credit card number when i call the bank can anyone help
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: cucumber on October 25, 2010, 10:23:16 AM
hi. can anyone direct me please with a step-by-step guide how to make outgoing calls from israel to us using gmail. My language is in english yet the option to call is still not coming up in the chat list. Also can anyone please inform me if i need a proxy and if so how to go about it. Thank you!
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on October 25, 2010, 10:49:04 AM
hi. can anyone direct me please with a step-by-step guide how to make outgoing calls from israel to us using gmail. My language is in english yet the option to call is still not coming up in the chat list. Also can anyone please inform me if i need a proxy and if so how to go about it. Thank you!
the only step-by-step IS to set up the proxy (which I'm not familiar with)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2010, 11:09:17 AM
the only step-by-step IS to set up the proxy (which I'm not familiar with)
Or to try and get a Gizmo5 account.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2010, 11:11:26 AM
Looks like this should teach you how to use a proxy and search for a list of proxies:
http://whatismyipaddress.com/using-proxies
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on October 25, 2010, 01:43:18 PM
hi. can anyone direct me please with a step-by-step guide how to make outgoing calls from israel to us using gmail. My language is in english yet the option to call is still not coming up in the chat list. Also can anyone please inform me if i need a proxy and if so how to go about it. Thank you!
do you  have a google voice account?
from israel it's probably easier to use GV-sipgate then to force gmail, no?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on October 25, 2010, 01:43:19 PM
I would just warn that most free proxies are not secure, so be careful with what you do while using them.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: cucumber on October 25, 2010, 03:12:44 PM
Thanks for your replies everyone. I do have a gmail account, but not a google voice acct. Whats the gv-sipgate you mentioned?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on October 25, 2010, 05:21:55 PM
1- open a sipgate free account
2- download sipgate's softphone
3- get a google voice account (does he need a proxy for this?)
4- put your sipgate # as your US number for GV account
5- dial outgoing from GV website- will ring on sipgate softphone
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on October 26, 2010, 09:31:38 AM
1- open a sipgate free account
2- download sipgate's softphone
3- get a google voice account (does he need a proxy for this?)
4- put your sipgate # as your US number for GV account
5- dial outgoing from GV website- will ring on sipgate softphone

this works on computer ? or on blackberry too
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on October 26, 2010, 01:49:30 PM
Unfortunately  there is no reliable VOIP software for blackberrys so no
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on October 26, 2010, 08:44:32 PM
Unfortunately  there is no reliable VOIP software for blackberrys so no
so www.blackvoib.com doesn't work?
this works on computer ? or on blackberry too
for BB maybe not, but for Windows Mobile/Iphone/Android you can use Fring (www.fring.com)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on November 11, 2010, 03:05:13 PM
my gvoice account won't let me make calls by dialing from google voice and sending the call to my inbox. it won't ring in my inbox anymore like it used to. anyone else having this problem? (in israel)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Armadillo on December 10, 2010, 06:53:01 AM
To all wishing to use google chat to make voice calls from Israel: Set up a proxy by downloading HotSpot Shield. When it is activated your computer acts like it's in the US and google chat will give you a call a phone option
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on December 10, 2010, 07:07:56 AM
To all wishing to use google chat to make voice calls from Israel: Set up a proxy by downloading HotSpot Shield. When it is activated your computer acts like it's in the US and google chat will give you a call a phone option
Hot spot shield installs adware on your computer and changes vital settings including hijacking your browser to go through their affiliate accounts.
I would strongly recommend against it. Their uninstaller doesn't ever remove half the junk it installs into your system. Use revo uninstall to get it out
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2010, 10:40:41 AM
Hot spot shield installs adware on your computer and changes vital settings including hijacking your browser to go through their affiliate accounts.
I would strongly recommend against it. Their uninstaller doesn't ever remove half the junk it installs into your system. Use revo uninstall to get it out
Are there any good solutions out there?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on December 12, 2010, 02:08:56 AM
Are there any good solutions out there?
If you have a computer that is on in the states, google or youtube how to make a VPN, which will allow you to tunnel through that internet connection. You can also google/youtube how to make your own proxy server, which will be a bit complicated, but will allow you to connect through a web server based in the US, although I've found that method to be a bit complicated.

The theoretically simplest solution is to manually set your browser to connect through a free proxy such as one listed here (http://www.xroxy.com/proxylist.php?). You can filter by country: US. However there are 2 problems with doing that. 1- it can be hard to find a working proxy, 2- Anyone can post a proxy, and you are connecting through their system, meaning hypothetically they can be collecting any UN/PW or CC/Bank info you put in while surfing through their system.

If someone knows how to set up a fast and fully functional (ie including flash and SSL support) proxy and put in on a descent host, we probably have a few ppl here that would be willing to chip in the $1-2 per month that we'd need to maintain it
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on December 12, 2010, 02:12:28 AM
If someone knows how to set up a fast and fully functional (ie including flash and SSL support) proxy and put in on a descent host, we probably have a few ppl here that would be willing to chip in the $1-2 per month that we'd need to maintain it
Probably be worthwhile for foreign based folks wanting to make free phone calls.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on December 12, 2010, 02:13:34 AM
Probably be worthwhile for foreign based folks wanting to make free phone calls.
Yup *Kicks Eli under the shtender*
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on December 12, 2010, 02:18:22 AM
Hot spot shield installs adware on your computer and changes vital settings including hijacking your browser to go through their affiliate accounts.
I would strongly recommend against it. Their uninstaller doesn't ever remove half the junk it installs into your system. Use revo uninstall to get it out
Wow, hotspotshield's TOS are crazy!!!  They even tell you they will put adware and direct ad injections on your computer!
http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/what-part-of-no-adware-dont-you.html
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on December 12, 2010, 02:34:26 AM
Wow, hotspotshield's TOS are crazy!!!  They even tell you they will put adware and direct ad injections on your computer!
http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/what-part-of-no-adware-dont-you.html

PCWorld featured them a while ago. I wrote them a long letter, which I don't really assume solved anything. But I think it's just ridiculous.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: mancunian on December 12, 2010, 08:45:35 PM
how would team viewer work? seen it in action & heard very good things from reliable people. Its like go to my pc but its free. i downloaded it but have no other pc to go to
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on December 13, 2010, 02:17:20 AM
how would team viewer work? seen it in action & heard very good things from reliable people. Its like go to my pc but its free. i downloaded it but have no other pc to go to
I use TV all the time, but I cant figure out how to surf through the VPN
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: E on December 13, 2010, 02:53:55 PM
Iv'e never needed a vpn or proxy to use this if the phone icon doesn't come up in gmail just log into google voice in a separate tab and call the number through gmail. your gmail should ring and the call will go thru.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: mancunian on December 13, 2010, 03:15:02 PM
i saw that truphone released an app officially letting you make calls through the phones 3g... not gmail but may work
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on December 14, 2010, 01:36:35 PM
Iv'e never needed a vpn or proxy to use this if the phone icon doesn't come up in gmail just log into google voice in a separate tab and call the number through gmail. your gmail should ring and the call will go thru.
does that still work for you? i used to use it all the time from israel, and about two months ago it stopped ringing in my inbox
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: E on December 14, 2010, 05:29:16 PM
it worked 2 weeks ago from paris
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ygift on December 14, 2010, 05:39:47 PM
If i use skype or any of the other voip services from a wifi hot spot is there a charge? I am trying to figure a way how to make calls both in israel and to the usa using my iphone in a hot spot.
if there is a cost per minute does anyone know what it is ? I know they have a list of costs butthats from the us to israel im talking the other way around
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on December 14, 2010, 07:21:16 PM
Iv'e never needed a vpn or proxy to use this if the phone icon doesn't come up in gmail just log into google voice in a separate tab and call the number through gmail. your gmail should ring and the call will go thru.
So does this still work for people outside the US?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ygift on December 15, 2010, 04:00:40 PM
can someone help me out here? how do u use skype (or any voip) from israel on a iphone? will it work in any hot spot? what does it cost to call usa landlines and cell phones? i also want to know what it would cost to call locall israel phones (landline and cell) is it cheaper then using  a reg cell phone (isreili) which is 19 cents a minute?
what about using google number ? has anyone used it from israel ? here in the states i dial my google # and then i can make calls with it to israel. how would i do  it in israel?
if you have used this stuff please answer or pm me. I am leaving next weeek and need to know my options.
thanx
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on December 15, 2010, 05:32:19 PM
it worked 2 weeks ago from paris
could it be an israel thing? i can't get it to work here like it used to.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on December 16, 2010, 05:37:37 PM
can someone help me out here? how do u use skype (or any voip) from israel on a iphone? will it work in any hot spot?
not skype but other voip (sip) you can use fring
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: mancunian on December 16, 2010, 06:16:22 PM
can someone help me out here? how do u use skype (or any voip) from israel on a iphone? will it work in any hot spot? what does it cost to call usa landlines and cell phones?
what happened to what i said?
i saw that truphone released an app officially letting you make calls through the phones 3g... not gmail but may work
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: MisterHock on December 27, 2010, 07:13:54 AM
It seems from Google's wording "Make free calls to the US and Canada in 2010" that they may start charging for this soon, perhaps as soon as 2011.


Seems that it will be free through at least 2011

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/free-calling-in-gmail-extended-through.html
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on December 29, 2010, 07:41:27 AM
Ok, due to some research done because of my other post I stumbled on this:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/733104-how-to-create-a-vpn-for-secure-web-browsing-using-hamachi/
For some reason it didn't work for me with Hamachi, but works just fine using easyvpn instead
You will need an always on computer in the US, and your down speed will be limited by the slowest of the following:
Client down speed
Sever down speed
Sever up speed.

As my server in the US has >20m up and down, I thought I wouldn't notice much of a slow down, but I do. I have a feeling it has to do with easyvpn, I will try with teamviewer vpn soon.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on December 29, 2010, 07:52:11 AM
This will obviously also allow you to access all those sites that require US users
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2010, 03:33:44 AM
Google voice won't call gmail in thailand or aussie but it still calls gizmo5 like a charm.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: smurf on December 30, 2010, 02:23:39 PM
Just got a call from a cousin in Switzerland using google voice from his gmail inbox. Logging in to google voice didn't work because it doesn't actually make the call
it only connects you using your own phone.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: AsherO on December 30, 2010, 03:36:33 PM
Google voice won't call gmail in thailand or aussie but it still calls gizmo5 like a charm.

Where can I get a gizmo5 number?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on December 30, 2010, 09:34:00 PM
You cant anymore since Google bought them
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: AsherO on December 30, 2010, 09:47:08 PM
You cant anymore since Google bought them

That's what I'm saying.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: E on January 16, 2011, 04:47:26 PM
Google voice won't call gmail in thailand or aussie but it still calls gizmo5 like a charm.
Did u try both from within the inbox and from a separate google voice tab?
And what client do you use with gizmo5?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2011, 12:55:24 PM
Did u try both from within the inbox and from a separate google voice tab?
And what client do you use with gizmo5?
Yes.
Although bizarrely enough it worked from gmail itself while on hamilton island, aussie with a telstra usb modem.

I just use GV to call my gizmo5 number to make calls using the gizmo5 dialer.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: E on January 17, 2011, 11:38:15 PM
I have a feeling it's a mixture of bandwidth and IP/DNS redirecting. although it's kind of hard to figure it out without more data, I used the gmail dialer in Argentina, Chile, Israel, Uruguay, France  , but in urugauy I had to dial thru google voice. In china it didn't work at all (my father's testing) I'm gonna assume it was because of the country firewall.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on January 18, 2011, 01:03:18 AM
I have a feeling it's a mixture of bandwidth and IP/DNS redirecting. although it's kind of hard to figure it out without more data, I used the gmail dialer in Argentina, Chile, Israel, Uruguay, France  , but in urugauy I had to dial thru google voice. In china it didn't work at all (my father's testing) I'm gonna assume it was because of the country firewall.
Gmail Dialer hasn't worked in Israel for months
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2011, 09:23:11 AM
Neither Gmail nor Google Voice to gmail work in Hong Kong.  Gizmo5 works perfect as always.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on January 18, 2011, 10:34:09 AM
Isn't there a 3 min limit on phone calls with Gizmo though?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2011, 10:35:51 AM
Isn't there a 3 min limit on phone calls with Gizmo though?
Not when you initiate via GV.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on January 19, 2011, 04:26:00 PM
Not when you initiate via GV.

How do you initiate that way. Do you call from Google Voice or from Gizmo?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on January 19, 2011, 04:45:32 PM
Did anyone try the ipkall/sipsorcery method from out of the country recently
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2011, 05:36:47 PM
How do you initiate that way. Do you call from Google Voice or from Gizmo?
Go to GV, type in the number you want to call, have it dial your G5 number and your G5 number will then ring on your desktop.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on January 19, 2011, 06:11:06 PM
Go to GV, type in the number you want to call, have it dial your G5 number and your G5 number will then ring on your desktop.

Not as convenient as Gmail calling. Im just gonna stick to my VPN
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2011, 09:48:31 PM
Not as convenient as Gmail calling.
Of course not, it's for when gmail calling isn't an option.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Bp on February 01, 2011, 10:08:34 AM
In the countries that GV is not working, how about incoming calls? 
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on February 01, 2011, 12:14:29 PM
In the countries that GV is not working, how about incoming calls? 
GV won't work directly, but it will via Gizmo5.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Bp on February 01, 2011, 01:30:36 PM
GV won't work directly, but it will via Gizmo5.
Thanks,than ill get a gizmo5 number from ebay for $ 8.99
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on February 01, 2011, 02:31:57 PM
or sipgate (free)
http://www.sipgate.com/one
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on February 01, 2011, 02:46:17 PM
or sipgate (free)
http://www.sipgate.com/one

No new phone numbers available. Use http://www.ipkall.com/ instead.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on February 02, 2011, 03:09:40 PM
Thanks,than ill get a gizmo5 number from ebay for $ 8.99
If i buy a G5 account on ebay will it help me make calls from israel? I've seen ppl posting that they use it with google voice but why do i need to use it with GV if i'll have G5? any other reason that its worth $10 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Gizmo5-SIP-VOIP-Premium-Service-/320649108913?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa82d1db1) ?
please enlighten.  thanx
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: AsherO on February 02, 2011, 06:12:53 PM
If i buy a G5 account on ebay will it help me make calls from israel? I've seen ppl posting that they use it with google voice but why do i need to use it with GV if i'll have G5? any other reason that its worth $10 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Gizmo5-SIP-VOIP-Premium-Service-/320649108913?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa82d1db1) ?
please enlighten.  thanx

Incoming/outgoing calls on your GV number, and other GV features.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Bp on February 04, 2011, 12:37:28 PM
I got the G5 the only problem is I can not download it to Windows 7, any help??
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on February 04, 2011, 01:23:17 PM
I got the G5 the only problem is I can not download it to Windows 7, any help??
http://www.htsti.com/?q=gizmo5 windows 7 (http://www.htsti.com/?q=gizmo5 windows 7)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: SuperFlyer on February 05, 2011, 09:21:35 PM
The first time this dialer from google appeared, is when I opened my laptop in the usa, it prompted me to install something.

I've used it in germany and norway, using the google dialer.

How do I get a number for incoming? And is just usa and canada for free?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on February 05, 2011, 10:10:00 PM
You can get a US number for incoming from Google Voice. However it only forwards to US numbers.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Eli on February 16, 2011, 11:15:30 AM
I just logged into my Google apps email as I do 20 times a day and for the first time google offered me the choice of making a call. I'm located in Israel. I signed out and signed into my regular gmail account and did not get this option.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on February 16, 2011, 11:21:37 AM
I just logged into my Google apps email as I do 20 times a day and for the first time google offered me the choice of making a call. I'm located in Israel. I signed out and signed into my regular gmail account and did not get this option.
When I was abroad there would be random times when google would offer the call option.
But Gizmo5 is still far superior.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Bp on February 16, 2011, 11:31:27 AM
Or get Sipgate for free. btw I got a ip phone. its very easy to program with gizmo5 & sipgate & the voice quality is great, for the people leaving in israel I would highly recommend it.     
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: daganster on February 16, 2011, 12:49:18 PM
I used GT from Italy to the US for free.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: daganster on February 16, 2011, 12:50:11 PM
But I would'nt work from Israel.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Avid Reader on February 16, 2011, 01:15:48 PM
I used GT from Italy to the US for free.
+1
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on February 27, 2011, 02:55:16 AM
The call phone feature just popped up on my wife's gmail account in israel!!!
not on mine though  :(
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on February 27, 2011, 03:00:38 AM
The call phone feature just popped up on my wife's gmail account in israel!!!
not on mine though  :(
My wife's and not mine too!
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: beej on February 27, 2011, 06:55:48 AM
My wife's and not mine too!
feminists.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on February 28, 2011, 04:21:49 PM
Used in Denmark w/o an issue.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on March 05, 2011, 07:42:52 PM
Just received this E-mail:

Hello,Gizmo5 is writing to let you know that we will no longer be providing service starting on April 3, 2011. A week from today, March 11, 2011, you will no longer be able to add credit to your account.Although the standalone Gizmo5 client will no longer be available, we have since launched the ability to call phones from within Gmail at even more affordable rates.Thank you,The Gizmo5 TeamYou have received this mandatory service announcement email to update you about important changes to your Gizmo5 account.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2011, 08:06:23 PM
Just received this E-mail:

Hello,Gizmo5 is writing to let you know that we will no longer be providing service starting on April 3, 2011. A week from today, March 11, 2011, you will no longer be able to add credit to your account.Although the standalone Gizmo5 client will no longer be available, we have since launched the ability to call phones from within Gmail at even more affordable rates.Thank you,The Gizmo5 TeamYou have received this mandatory service announcement email to update you about important changes to your Gizmo5 account.
CRAP!!!!
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: moish on March 05, 2011, 08:11:22 PM
too bad. i just bought one on ebay for $10 on wednesday
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Bp on March 05, 2011, 08:18:12 PM
Got the same, sign up to sipgate.com the free one is called sipgate one,
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2011, 08:22:49 PM
too bad. i just bought one on ebay for $10 on wednesday
Chargeback?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 05, 2011, 09:56:42 PM
Chargeback?
That wouldnt be the nicest move as at the time the seller had no clue this would happen.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2011, 09:58:47 PM
That wouldnt be the nicest move as at the time the seller had no clue this would happen.
Perhaps, but if I sold something and it went bad a few days later I would proactively offer a refund.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 05, 2011, 11:52:13 PM
Perhaps, but if I sold something and it went bad a few days later I would proactively offer a refund.
Agreed, as would I.

As a buyer, i would definitely not do a  chargeback. I would contact the seller and ask for a refund.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: AsherO on March 06, 2011, 12:06:28 AM
As a buyer, i would definitely not do a  chargeback. I would contact the seller and ask for a refund.

+1 At least that would be my first attempt to resolve any issue.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 06, 2011, 12:09:11 AM
+1 At least that would be my first attempt to resolve any issue.
As a powerseller and a top rated seller, i would be pissed if a buyer did a chargeback and did not communicate with me first.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2011, 12:42:23 AM
As a powerseller and a top rated seller, i would be pissed if a buyer did a chargeback and did not communicate with me first.
Agreed, I jumped the gun by skipping that step which obviously should come first.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on March 08, 2011, 06:22:05 PM
Google voice sip: http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/08/google-may-finally-be-adding-voip-to-google-voice/ (http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/08/google-may-finally-be-adding-voip-to-google-voice/)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: aaa on March 10, 2011, 05:10:10 PM
When I call from google voice does the same number show up every time? And can I block that number? Thanks
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on March 10, 2011, 06:13:37 PM
If you have a GV # that number will always show up.

As far as blocking I just tried calling dialing *67 and it didn't work, it prefixed that to the number being dialed and dropped the last two digits instead of *67 123-456-7890 it did 671-234-5678.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Avid Reader on March 11, 2011, 12:09:36 PM
When I call from google voice does the same number show up every time? And can I block that number? Thanks

For domestic calls usually it will show your number  (I've had at least once when someone told me a different number showed up). For International, there are definitely other numbers showing up. I don't know if there are any specific rules,  just my experience.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: bh on April 03, 2011, 03:20:38 PM
Just in time! Sipgate accepting new sign ups https://secure.sipgate.com/register/code (https://secure.sipgate.com/register/code)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: smurf on April 03, 2011, 03:42:37 PM
Just in time! Sipgate accepting new sign ups https://secure.sipgate.com/register/code (https://secure.sipgate.com/register/code)
thanx
I just realized they do fax too,anyone have experience with it?As a reliable free web based faxing service  alone this would be awesome.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Bp on April 03, 2011, 03:44:27 PM
@smurf:
Faxing isn't free
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: smurf on April 03, 2011, 04:42:08 PM
Shux, I thought it said free outbound fax.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: smurf on April 03, 2011, 05:00:34 PM
@smurf:
Faxing isn't free
see here (http://www.sipgate.com/editions)
The free service includes fax-out
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: myb821 on April 03, 2011, 05:47:57 PM
can u explain what sipgate is
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: bh on April 04, 2011, 02:03:23 PM
can u explain what sipgate is

You can use sipgate with a Google voice acct. for free incoming and outgoing phone calls from your computer or other device. It's all explained somewhere in this thread.

BTW Gizmo5 sip seems to still be working
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on April 04, 2011, 06:22:25 PM
sip gate is cool I find their business option very interesting (they give you separate numbers and or extensions to ring on different phones) I just signed up today and am figuring out it potential. Many of its features are already found in GV though.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: netzih on April 04, 2011, 06:27:23 PM
Does this mean I can make voip calls on bb?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gozalim on April 04, 2011, 07:38:34 PM
Does this mean I can make voip calls on bb?

no. sipgate software runs on pc. you need software for BB
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gdam on April 06, 2011, 05:22:50 AM
Sipgate sends invitation codes to US cell phones only.   
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: ceejay on April 06, 2011, 08:27:19 PM
If you need an invite code PM me(one only).
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: smurf on April 06, 2011, 08:32:42 PM
Sipgate sends invitation codes to US cell phones only.   
wil they send to gv?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Avid Reader on April 07, 2011, 09:51:43 AM
wil they send to gv?

You have to select your operator and GV isn't on the list.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Avid Reader on April 07, 2011, 09:57:09 AM
sip gate is cool I find their business option very interesting (they give you separate numbers and or extensions to ring on different phones) I just signed up today and am figuring out it potential. Many of its features are already found in GV though.

Is the biz option free too?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: gdam on April 07, 2011, 10:39:29 AM
If you need an invite code PM me(one only).

Thanks!
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 03, 2011, 01:34:37 PM
Multiple reports of "Call phone" option available in Israel.
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: elikay on August 03, 2011, 01:41:53 PM
To israel or to us?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 03, 2011, 01:46:11 PM
To israel or to us?
From Israel to US
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: smurf on August 03, 2011, 04:03:13 PM
Multiple reports of "Call phone" option available in Israel.
Must have been added with the recent expansion (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/calling-from-gmail-now-in-38-languages.html) of service (http://of service).
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Chaikel on August 03, 2011, 06:04:45 PM
Quote
Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free at least for the rest of 2011. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed from outside these countries will be charged $0.01 per minute (or 0.01, 0.01, C$0.01 per minute).
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: E on December 13, 2011, 10:12:23 AM
Recently works for calls from Costa Rica, Poland and Spain..
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Bp on December 13, 2011, 12:09:06 PM
Google announced that they extended free GV for 2012.
  (http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/free-calling-within-us-and-canada.html#!/2011/12/free-calling-within-us-and-canada.html)
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Dan on December 13, 2011, 12:18:44 PM
Awesome!
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: seemorehabs on December 13, 2011, 12:29:46 PM
can i call from tablet (traveling abroad) to usa for free?
Title: Re: Make Phone Calls From Gmail!
Post by: Mocha on December 13, 2011, 01:59:07 PM
can i call from tablet (traveling abroad) to usa for free?
Worked for me in Israel