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How to make free calls from a plane using Google Voice and Gmail
Sure enough, I opened Gmail's "Google Talk Plugin" interface, entered Gadling editor Grant Martin's phone number and pressed "call." As it turned out, he answered the phone -- and he could hear me.
What does this mean? Well, it means that, if you're in-flight, and you have a headset and a Gmail account (and a Gogo Internet pass), you can make free calls from the air (to the US and Canada only) to landlines. This is not new for VOIP (Skype's infrastructure allows this, though it's hit and miss), but this is a first for Google.
Is it a win for airline passengers? We're undecided at this point. While the convenience is certainly nice, do we really need to hear the girl next to us on the plane cooing to her boyfriend via her Gmail account?
|I love it! No more inflight movies for me - I'm going to call all my friends and tell them I'm calling from 35,000 feet!||48 (19.1%)|
|Hate it! If I notice anyone around me making phone calls, someone is going to end up head first in the airplane toilet||88 (35.1%)|
|Only if there is an emergency. And no - "please pick up pizza is not an emergency"||115 (45.8%)|