I was inspired by LifeHacker’s article about Eight Clever Ways to Take Advantage of Free Calling in Gmail. I tried them all. The Prank Call SoundBoard is my favorite and has already been useful for so many other things. The asterisk to switch phone lines has not worked for me and I am sure it is on my end of the world of settings somewhere.
The basic act of clicking on a phone number on a web page and placing a call only to have it handled on your computer is a sea change in approaching service calls. I just spent a long time on hold which resulted in having a nice conversation placing an order, nice because I didn’t have to hold a handset or worry about minutes.
This new Free Calling in Gmail is something, try it out.