New Google Service Tops 1 Million Phone Calls

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Google’s new phone service is off the hook.

More than one million phone calls were made using the company’s new Gmail voice and video chat the first day the calling service launched.

"Over 1,000,000 calls placed from Gmail in just 24 hours!" Google tweeted on Thursday.

Based off of some number crunching performed by CNET, this means that one out of every 3,000 calls in the U.S. went through the service on its launch day. There are more than 300 million people in the U.S., and it is estimated in a 2008 Nielsen Mobile Survey that the average person makes about 10 calls a day.

On Wednesday, Google announced the new service, which enables Gmail users to make free domestic calls to anyone in the U.S. and Canada. Callers pay 2 cents a minute when making international calls. Check out this MainStreet article for more specifics on how the service works.

So far, many users have responded favorably to the service.

“It works fantastically,” Tyler Peters commented on BoyGeniusReport.com.

“The call quality was great and it was simply cool to be one of the first ones making calls that way,” another blogger wrote on Lockergnome.com.

Of course, a better test of the new service’s success will come later, when the novelty of calling up your friends through your Gmail account wears off.

Not all of Google’s ventures have been successful. Check out MainStreet’s roundup of Google’s biggest flops.

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