Hangouts first minute free (iPhone screenshot 001)

Yesterday, the Internet giant Google announced a newsworthy promotion giving its users the first minute free when placing outgoing calls through Hangouts to phone numbers in more than two dozen countries.

“The first 60 seconds is on us,” the company said in a post over at Google+. “What you say is up to you”. You can place Hangouts using Gmail and Google+ on desktop, using the Hangouts extension for Chrome, or via Google’s mobile Hangouts app for iOS and Android.

For the rest of 2014, the first minute of most calls to the following countries are free: 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 United Kingdom and the United States.

You’ll be charged for each minute after. Outgoing calls to phone numbers in supported countries will be indicated by the “First minute free” message.

“If you don’t see this message, you’ll be charged for the first minute,” cautions Google’s support document.

To take advantage of the promotion, you must have some calling credit in your Google Account and make one call at a time through Hangouts. Google says “almost all” phone calls to the United States and Canada through Hangouts are free from all countries where Hangouts calling is available.

A few destinations in North America will cost one cent per minute depending on the specific phone number. Calls to destinations outside of the United States and Canada are available at low international rates.

Hangouts for the iPhone and iPad is available free in the App Store. Last week, the app got updated with native display support for the new iPhones and back in September gained the ability to make voice calls.

Screenshot top of post via The Next Web.

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  • Jerry

    Whoa a whole minute!?

    • BoardDWorld

      Only takes a few seconds to ring family and tell them to jump on their Mac and FaceTime. Unfortunately my preferred country didn’t make the cut.

      • Jerry

        So is one minute free everytime you use it?

      • BoardDWorld

        the way I read it and the only logic in the promotion is the first minute is free for every call for the remainder of the year. they’re not going to just give ‘1″ min free.

    • Rowan09

      I was going to say the same thing. I had Google Voice bought $10 worth of international minutes and couldn’t use it in Turks and Caicos even though it states I could.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    it’s still free when you hangout with them via their gmail id right? 😛

    • onesimpleclik

      yes, i believe so. it’s basically Google’s version of FaceTime