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Google’s Orkut Declines in India, and Google Voice Calls from Gmail Launched

Google’s Orkut was an answer to Facebook – and never really took off in the US.  However, Google’s Orkut was popular in India and Brazil.  Unfortunately for the social networking site, Facebook traffic in India has now surpassed that of Google’s baby.

Orkut has 19.9 million users in India, and now Facebook’s popularity in the country has leapt by 200% to 20.9 million – dethroning Orkut as the most popular social networking site.

In other Google news, Google voice calls from Gmail was launched, which is a very cool feature. Calls within the US are free, and international rates are very, very low.

Google’s official gmail blog said the following:

Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at our very low rates. We worked hard to make these rates really cheap (see comparison table) with calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan—and many more countries—for as little as $0.02 per minute.

However, please note that US calls are free – “at least until the end of the year” which smells to me like a teaser rate. Be prepared for Google to charge for domestic calls in the future, although rates will likely be lower than using a regular landline telephone.

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