To help people communicate with friends and loved ones in Nepal, we’re reducing the cost of calls through Google Voice into the country for the next week from 19 cents to 1 cent (that’s 0.01 USD, with similar cost in other supported currencies) per minute. We chose 1 cent, instead of making calls free, to prevent spammers from abusing our systems and possibly adding more load to the already stretched Nepalese telephone network.
If you don’t have a Google Voice number, you can make calls at this reduced rate using the Hangouts Dialer (http://goo.gl/Fxv5WK) on an Android phone, or through your computer (http://goo.gl/Qw7JZL), from most places around the world (http://goo.gl/teHdiO)
Already, people in Nepal with a data connection can use Hangouts or Gmail to call phones in the U.S. and Canada for free, while calls to India are 1 cent per minute. Voice or video calls between Google accounts are always free. Please note that telecom infrastructure has been impacted in the country, so lines may be busy or unavailable at times.
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