Calls within Europe will now be free to those who have a Google Voice License

Google has updated its VoIP service in an effort to make it cheaper for those using Google Voice in Europe to call other countries in the continent.

Google Voice was first launched back in 2009. This was following Google’s $50m acquisition of GrandCentral in 2005.

Google Voice has always allowed American users to call mobile phones and landlines in the US and Canada for free. However, calls made in Europe to other countries in the region were subject to both domestic and international rates.

The search giant announced the new feature in an update to the Google Workspace blog, The post explains that calls from European Google Voice numbers to mobile and landline numbers in many European countries will be included with the cost of a Google Voice License.

“Beginning February 8, 2022, calls from European Google Voice numbers to mobile and landline numbers in many European countries will be included with the cost of the Google Voice license,” the company says. “Previously, these calls were subject to domestic and international rates. This change will reduce the cost of staying connected with your colleagues, partners, and customers distributed in Europe.|”

“Smart” messaging now included

Google Voice now also features messaging. This is a great addition for those Europeans who live in countries where traditional messaging costs are still high.

As reported in 9To5Google, the search giant has updated Google Voice for Android with Smart Reply suggestions. The company’s VoIP service now shows automated replies that let you quickly respond to a coworker or friend. This is helpful if you happen to be busy at the moment.

Smart Reply suggestions are now rolling out for Android with version 2022.01.24. They are not yet available on either iOS and on the web, but will hopefully arrive soon.