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Google calls hit 1 million on Day 1

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Calls made computer to mobile phone through Google's new phone system topped 1 million calls on its first day of use, PC World reported Friday.

Google this week added the option for Gmail account-holders of phoning mobile phones from computers -- computers with microphones, that is. Previously, Gmail account-holders could only call acquaintances who were also sitting at their computers or businesses linked to computers.

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The popularity of the new system can be quickly explained, said PC World, which didn't provide the source of its figures. In the first place, domestic calls are free and calls to Britain, Japan, Germany, France and other overseas spots are being charged on average 2 cents per minute.

Secondly, PC World said, the average monthly number of Gmail account-holders is 175 million.

The system is new -- a novelty -- easy to use and practically free. Google made the system available this week for private accounts and said it will expand the system to include business and educational accounts in the future.

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