Cutting Costs with Free VoIP Calls Courtesy of Gmail
Mobile management often involves keeping costs down, and with the surge in mobile VoIP services, there's options for equipping your mobile computing workforce with services and tools that offer free voice calls. If you use Gmail and have a Google Voice account, you could save hundreds of dollars a year in phone bills. SmallBusinessComputing outlines the pros and cons as well as the steps for using Gmail to make free VoIP calls. About a year ago, I dropped my Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service and went back to using a landline as my home office line. The cost savings weren't enough to offset the frustration from the erratic audio quality of my VoIP service. Now, with the ability to make free calls directly from Gmail, I'm almost -- but not quite -- ready to go back to VoIP.
The Gmail voice chat feature is by no means perfect. And to fully benefit from it, you need a Google Voice account. But Gmail VoIP calling could nonetheless save a small business like mine hundreds of dollars per year in phone bills. It's worth considering adding Gmail voice chat to your small business mobile tools. Here's the 411 on how to use Gmail for free VoIP calls.