Google-Hangouts-logoWe’re sure most of us have friends and family who might be living overseas, such as for work or study reasons. Now there are many ways we can get in touch with them, such as instant messengers, VoIP, phone calls, and so on. Now for those unfamiliar, Google Hangouts has a feature that allows users to make outgoing calls.

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Well the good news is that for the remainder period of 2014, Google has announced that they will be providing free calls to international numbers, sort of. The first minute that you use Google Hangouts to make the call, it will be free, but the subsequent minutes will be charged. “For the rest of 2014, the first minute of most calls to 25 countries are free, and you’ll be charged for each minute after. Calls where the first minute are free will say, “First minute free” on the call screen. If you don’t see this message, you’ll be charged for the first minute.”

We suppose this is a good way for users to try out the service to see if this is something they could see themselves using in the long term. It could also be used as an alternative way to contact friends/family to tell them to answer Skype calls, reply messages, or just to say a quick hello.

Now there are some steps you will need to get the free minutes, so head on over to Google’s support page to see what you will need to do.

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