The first minute is on Google when you make international calls through its Hangouts service.
The tech giant has just announced that at least for the rest of the year, the first minute of most Hangouts calls to 25 countries are free, with the user charged only for each subsequent minute. “The first 60 seconds is on us,” Google says, “what you say is up to you.”
The countries included in the promotion are: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K, and the U.S.
To have the charge for the first minute of your Hangouts call to any of the aforementioned countries waived, you need to have calling credits in your Google account and you need to make one call at a time. A call where the first minute is free is indicated by the note “First minute free,” as shown in the screenshot above from The Next Web.
Calls can be made through Hangouts from a computer in Gmail, Google+, and the Chrome extension. They can also be made through the Hangouts app on iOS and Android.
Hangouts for iOS is available on the App Store for free. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 6.0 or later.
Hangouts for iOS was updated a week ago with native resolution support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
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