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Dustin LindenSmith

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Google Talk


From their download page: They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you:

  • Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to–over email, IM or a call

  • Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room

  • Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a clickaway

I just installed it; it's a nice-looking GUI and apparently handles voice calls too. If anyone else here gets it rolling, add me to your contacts via dlindensmith@gmail.com and IM me to add you to mine.

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gwendy August 25th, 2005
yeah, but it's so boring... there are hardly any features other than the phone thinger (which i'll never use), no customization options that i can see, not even any smilies! and since it did the gmail notifier thing i haven't gotten any mail at all!

there must be more than this!

mimesis August 25th, 2005
phone calls anywhere in the world for free, as long as they have gmail? is this what i'm hearing? hell yeah.

iamom August 25th, 2005
THat's what you're hearing, but I don't think it results in free calls to a landline or anything. It's just a basic voice chat, such as that offered by MSN Messenger etc. If you're interested in a pretty good internet phone software program that does allow calls from your computer to someone's landline (anywhere in the world), you might like trying Skype, though. It's a P2P telephony app that charges nothing for computer-to-computer calls and about 3 cents a minute for computer-to-landline calls.

And listen, thanks for your feedback on that short story -- no offense taken at all, geez! -- you had lots of good specific suggestions that I'll find totally useful if I rewrite that one for publication.

mimesis August 25th, 2005
no, i never thought it could call a standard number -- it says it can't in the tos -- but any audio IM gets a big *thumbs up* for being a phone call, albeit limited to those with gmail. when i think about how many conversations i've had over IM that could be quickly resolved if voices were involved - ! i don't have MSN messenger, and i'm not interested, so this is the first i've heard of voice chat. thanks for the news. :)

i've used skype a couple times before over a friend's computer. it's a good service, especially outstanding for international calls. but it's not free, and considering i only pay $.035/min for national long distance anyway, well....

mimesis August 25th, 2005
hey you know, i owe you an apology b/c i didn't do all my research on skype since the first time i heard about it. it's quite the sweet thing. :)

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