Google Giving Military Families Phone Call Credits To Reach Out During Holidays

Google announced they will give military families a $10 credit towards calls made using Google Voice or phone calls within Gmail.

"These international call credits can be used to make calls with Google Voice or from right inside Gmail, and will provide families with roughly 30 minutes of call time to Afghanistan, 60 minutes to Iraq, or hundreds of minutes to many countries in Europe and around the world.

To make this possible, we've partnered with Blue Star Families and Sesame Street, two organizations dedicated to supporting service members and their families," the Google Public Policy blog stated.

Using Gmail chat and video are handy tools that can be used free between users - a benefit I take advantage of with my nieces in Australia, so think the rest of the world would be covered. But "to be eligible for $10 calling credits, military family members must:

1. Be a member of either Blue Star Families or Sesame Street Family Connections -- registration is free for all military families
2. Provide their Gmail address
3. Enable calling in Gmail and accept the terms of service OR have an existing Google Voice account
4. Complete this registration form by December 22, 2010'

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He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

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