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Google Voice Free for 2013 and Available Outside USA

Google Voice Free for 2013 and Available Outside USA

Google has announced that Google Voice will be free for 2013. Surprisingly, Google did not post this on Google Voice blog but instead announced this on the Gmail blog. Not only Google Voice will be free for 2013, it will also be available in a lot of other destinations. Log in to your Gmail inbox and if you see a call-phone option, then Google Voice is available for your destination.

I was expecting this news about a week in advance, but it seems I was off by a week. Anyways, what matters at the end is that Google Voice is free and you have a reason to buy Obihai to replace your traditional phone network with a free landline phone system.

Although, Google did not publish what destinations will have Google Voice service, they did however gave a list of destinations where Google voice is not available.

Google Voice is not available in these destinations

If you are from one of the following destinations, then I am afraid to tell you that you will not be able to use Google Voice.

Argentina, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Peru, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam

Let us hope that this will be better going forward, and more and more governments will let Google provide their service of free calling.

Google Voice available in multiple languages

Even though Google Voice provides free calls across US and Canada predominantly, it supports languages other than English and Spanish. Following is a list of languages supported by Google Voice.

Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English UK, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

What we want you to do is to login to your Gmail inbox and check if you see a call-phone option. It will be listed at the top of your contact list and right next to it will be a phone sign. When you click on it, a phone dialer should open up. If that is the case, and you are not from USA, please leave the name of your country/territory as a comment so that we can get an accurate account of where all Google voice is accessible. This will help our other readers as well when they travel abroad.



About Mukesh Agarwal

Mukesh Agarwal is a VoIP enthusiast and a passionate blogger. He speaks at VoIP conferences worldwide advocating the advancement of VoIP technology to convert this world into a global village.


  1. Hi,

    Does Google Voice use minutes? If I use google voice on my phone will I be charged by my service provider? Will there be data charges if I use Google Voice over wifi? What are my options to use Google Voice over phone?

  2. Works here in France !

  3. Hii
    I am from Malaysia.
    I have 2 gmail accounts – one I have already configured to have Google Voice using an US Proxy
    second one is the Malaysia.
    Both have the “Call” button next to it. The only difference is
    The first account have $0.10 credit by default
    The second account have none ($0.00)

    • Dear Shiju,

      When Google Voice was launched earlier, Google offered everyone $0.10 (10 cents) to try their service. For new accounts you do not get that free credit anymore. The account with 10 cents must be an old account. You can always add credit to Google Voice if you want to use it for international calling. We are glad to know it is also working in Malaysia. Thank you for taking time to leave us a response.

      We are also looking for your comments on, if you could tell us a little about the main service providers, it will help us.

  4. It works well in Canada and the US except in Canada we can not text, just phone calls. I think it is our government restrictions. Also I used the service on my iphone while I was in the US and you have to be connected to wifi but it only worked well at the airport when I had free wifi. If I found a fee wifi in other places I had to turn on data and all other parts of my phone.

    • Hi Patricia,

      Thank you for your comment. It always works in USA, if you were here and got it activated probably it is working because of that. If it was working I would doubt if it would not allow you to send SMS. It should work. Have you tried logging in to to try sending a text? It also does not matter if you are on a wifi or data plan as long as you have Internet connection it should work. However, we will try to find out if there is something typical that is going on here.

  5. Works ok in Canada.

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