Google VoIP comes to the Middle East

Google VoIP is coming to the Middle East. The call phones feature for Gmail which was released last week will soon make its way to countries such as Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. However it will not be available in the United Arab Emirates due to governmental restrictions.

Call phones uses Voice over Internet Protocol so that Gmail customers can make cheap or free calls to their contacts. The service was released in America last week, but there is no fixed timeline for release in the Middle East.

The news appeared on the Emirates 24/7 website which published a Google statement.

The Internet search engine giant said: “Google VoIP is currently being rolled out in the United States but this is only our first step. Google will be rolling out additional localised versions but we have nothing specific to announce at the moment.”

Currently Gmail users in America can make a phone call directly from their Gmail to the Saudi Arabia  for a low rate of just 11 cents per minute.

For Oman it costs 15 cents, 19 cents for the United Arab Emirates, 17 cents for Bahrain. Qatar is the most pensive calling destination at 26 cents while Kuwait is the cheapest at 9 cents a minute.

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