Calls from Gmail: one million calls in 24 hours

Epic first day will have Skype and co panicked

New service, only unveiled yesterday in US and Canada, already a huge hit.

Google’s new Calls from Gmail service is proving pretty popular already. In its first 24 hours, over a million users made calls directly from their Gmail homepage, with the Big G taking to Twitter to brag about its success.

“Over 1,000,000 calls placed from Gmail in just 24 hours! Thanks to everyone using this new feature,” read the missive.

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The new service, which is currently only available in the US and Canada, allows punters to make calls to landlines and mobiles direct from Gmail. Landline calls are free until the end of 2010, while international rates start at just 2 cents a minute.

Such high user numbers are bound to cause Skype to look over its shoulder. The VoIP king will not fancy Google stealing a march on its killer service.

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