Google makes the first minute of select international Hangouts calls free through 2014

As an incentive to get people to try the Hangouts app to make phone calls, Google is offering the first minute of calls for free to 25 countries. While most calls to numbers in the U.S. and Canada are free through Hangouts, the first free minute of international calling to select countries will be useful to many to spread some good cheer to loved ones in foreign lands as the holiday season is quickly approaching.

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.

Here are the countries where you can get free calling:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada: Most calls will be free. A few destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute after the first minute. The 1-cent rate may vary depending on the local currency. You can look up the cost through the calling credit page for your Google account.
  • China
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States: Most calls will be free. A few destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute after the first minute. The 1-cent rate may vary depending on the local currency. You can look up the cost through the calling credit page for your Google Account.

What do you think of Google's latest promotion? Will you be taking advantage of this promotion to spread some cheer this holiday season?

Source: Google