Google has added some international support to make it easier for Gmail users to call from within their browsers.
In a blog post announcement on Tuesday, the company said that it now supports 38 languages and that international users will see a small green phone appear in their chat windows to make calls. Google has also made it possible to buy calling credit with Euros, British pounds and U.S. and Canadian dollars.
Google has also cut the rates for many international calls, with prices starting as low a one cent per minute.
Compared to Skype rates, some, but not all, of Google’s rates are cheaper. For example, a call to a Japanese landline is about the same on Google and Skype — 2 cents per minute and 2.6 cents per minute — while a call to a Japanese mobile phone is 6.5 cents cheaper per minute on Google.
Calling will be supported in the following languages in addition to U.S. English: British English, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, Latin American Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, Filipino, French, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Modern and Classical)