In order to promote its new, cutting-edge calling technology, Googleis going retro with dozens of phone booths set to sweep the nation’s airports and colleges.
At a press event at Google’s offices in San Francisco, the company launched Google Voice integration with Gmail, giving users the ability to make and receive phone calls from their inboxes. Phone calls to the U.S. and Canada are free, making Google Chat a legitimate competitor to Skype.
As part of its campaign to raise awareness for Google Voice, the company is getting creative. Sometime soon (likely before the end of the year), you’ll start seeing red Google Voice phone booths in public venues, primarily at airports and college campuses.
The phone booths aren’t just for show though; they actually make phone calls. While the phone booths have very classic-looking phones in them, they are powered by Internet connections, not by land lines. The company has not not yet disclosed where exactly these calling stations will be located.
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