Google has had some sad attempts at expanding its business in the recent past with new features like the buzz failing to impress majority of people while some others, viz. the development of the Android OS, have been a major ‘non monetary success’. We are now backing Google to come up with a successful addition to their business in the form of testing a VoIP service within Gmail.
You read it rights folks and this implies that Google intends to tread in Skype’s territory, something which the others have tried to do in the past without much success. The difference with Google as a competitor could be its amazingly huge web user base and hence we believe that this endeavor will turn out to be successful for Google.
What is also important is not to confuse this upcoming feature with Google Voice as it is a service that provides an access telephone number that can call all of your phones and also renders a more complete voice-mail service, while VoIP will be utterly different.
It is being touted that the Google VOIP calls made from with in North America to the US and Canada will be free which will seriously dent Skypes business. In comparison, Skype charges 2.1c per minute on a pay-as-you-go basis for this very service.