Google+ Hangouts adds telephone calling support

Google continues to add new features to its Google+ social networking service. One of the most popular sections of Google+ is Hangouts, which people use to create group conference calls. Now Google+ Hangouts has added a new feature that should be popular with its PC users; the ability to make telephone calls to most every cell phone and landline.

As described on the Google+ post by team member Vincent Paquet, Hangout users can now click on the Invite button and then click on the “+telephone” link if they want to make a phone call. After typing in the phone number, the user hits "Add" and the conversation can begin.

There are a number of limitations to this new feature. Users can only call one number at a time in Hangouts. They can't receive any calls with the Hangouts phone feature. Finally, this appears to be just for PC owners only as the Google+ mobile apps don't have this new addition.

The good news is that phone calls from Hangout to the US and Canada are completely free. For international calls, Google offers up some cheap per minute rates. You can see the full list of countries and their phone rates on the Google Voice web site.

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Cool feature but from all I read to late to save Google+. I use google voice myself as my main number since I got rid of my landline. Would not know what to do without it. Even though using a $1 mic from dollar tree kind of sucks! xD lol

Billmaster said,
Cool feature but from all I read to late to save Google+.

Why is it too late for Google+ exactly? Not all products are popular immediatly when you are entering a saturated market i.e Apple's Ping, Microsoft's Windows Phone.

thealexweb said,

Why is it too late for Google+ exactly? Not all products are popular immediatly when you are entering a saturated market i.e Apple's Ping, Microsoft's Windows Phone.

Because it "blew up" when it first started. Now even though it shows so many users (Mind you still pennies to dollars compared to facebook.) Studies showed it's a "Digital Ghost Town".

Facebook\Twitter works for most people (I could care less for it all I'm O.G. and like Message Boards. Forced into Facebook and Twitter. Which I still hardly use.)

So there would have to be a huge something Google+ has that all the other Social Networks don't offer. A "Killer App" if you will.

Tell me do you see Myspace coming back as-well?