Free long distance calls through Google?

Free long distance calls through Google?

Summary: Google finished rolling out their click-to-call functionality on Google Maps today, but after reading an article on Valleywag about how to prank call other people with the service, I got thinking about how else the service could be abused.  Although it's almost certainly against the terms and conditions, the new feature could theoretically allow users to make free long distance phone calls to any North American number.

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Google finished rolling out their click-to-call functionality on Google Maps today, but after reading an article on Valleywag about how to prank call other people with the service, I got thinking about how else the service could be abused.  Although it's almost certainly against the terms and conditions, the new feature could theoretically allow users to make free long distance phone calls to any North American number.

Since every business listing on Google Maps has the "click-to-call" feature enabled, the only thing you need to do is get listed.  Now instead of dialing a long distance phone number on your phone, you "dial" it through your own business listing on Google Maps.

What can Google do to prevent this from happening?  Honestly, I don't think there is a solution unless Google starts charging businesses to have the "click-to-call" feature enabled.  But with Microsoft Live Local providing the same feature at no cost, there isn't much chance that will happen any time soon.

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  • Do you really want it to be public

    The problem with that idea is that you are going to make your number public to everyone. I think it is a ton of trouble just to get some free phone time. Most cell, and phone plans allow unlimited state-to-state calling anyhow

    Steve Wiseman
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  • Does it matter?

    The questions is, does it matter? With the heavy infiltration of cell phones (that come with free Nationwide long distance) will people even spend this much effort when they could just dial the number on their cell phone?
    ryanmetcalf
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  • Dont abuse the service!

    I hope that all the kids or people who want to make a prank call think of this...One day you too will want to make a free long distance call and have no service that provides it because of people who abuse it. Now if you dont abuse it the longer the service will last. Thanks!
    pygame20091130
  • RE: Free long distance calls through Google?

    i think it is better use 1800goog411 look for the
    bussiness and you will be conected to that business
    through the 1800 nuber and you have long distance free
    calls , it work only on bussines in all USA.
    reddragon3030
  • RE: Free long distance calls through Google?

    What will be funny is when people use the internet to access Google on their phones and call using Google because the rates are better.
    Milknut