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Google Apps Bug Lets You Make Free Voice Calls To the US [UPDATED]

By on January 15th, 2011 
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Google BugWhile Google is busy squashing bugs on Chrome, they have also introduced some in Google Apps! Recently there has been a lot of  updates by Google Apps team. In the most recent update on Google Apps, they have integrated nearly all the Google services with Google Apps.

However, this one is about a bug in the Google Apps services that actually lets you make free voice calls to the US from some other country. (India in our case)

I recently upgraded my Google apps account when I saw this alert on the dashboard.

Google Apps Upgrade Message

Google Apps Upgrade Message

I regularly use Google Phone from my Gmail from California and it is disabled outside the US. But to my surprise, after the upgrade, I had Google phone option enabled in my chat list:

And I could actually make a call from India to USA for free! If you will notice the IP address is 14.96.27.234 which is surely not from the USA! I called up my friend in California and it worked like a charm! This makes me think, Can Google actually get it's mojo back!

Call from Indian IP address to USA - in progress using Google Voice

Call from Indian IP address to USA - in progress using Google Voice

If you have a Google Apps account, you can try out an upgrade here: https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/[your domain name]/GoogleAccountUpgrade

Google has been a rough lately with their Gmail downtimes and other services, what do you think, is Google living up to its mark these days?

Update 15/1/2011: TNW says Google phone from Gmail "may" work from outside the US, more details here:  Google Voice in Gmail DOES work outside the US

Image via Seb Ruiz

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Google Apps Bug Lets You Make Free Voice Calls To the US [UPDATED] was originally published on Digitizor.com on January 15, 2011 - 1:48 am (Indian Standard Time)