Getting a Gmail Account: A Gmail account is similar to a Yahoo or Hotmail account providing a free email address along with other free features. Gmail has many other great features beyond the voice calling that make it a new favorite beyond Yahoo. You can sign up at www.gmail.com.
Setting up a Microphone: You will need some type of microphone for calling from your computer to work. You may have one built in especially if it is a laptop. Or you may want to purchase a cheap headset to use for better sound quality. You can usually find a decent one for about $20 at a computer store, Wal-Mart, or Amazon.
That’s about all there is to set it up. Not too bad, eh? Whether you are a small business owner running on a shoestring budget, tired of your teenager racking up minutes on your call plan, or just want to stay in touch more with the people you love, using Gmail for free calling is the way to go. I hope it helps.
Matt Heffner is Co-Owner at Encounter Marketing, a local company that works with small businesses, non-profits, and churches to use online/internet tools to reach their supporters or customers.