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Google Talk Plugin lets you video chat right from Gmail, iGoogle, and Orkut. Look and sound your best with high quality audio and video. Getting started is -- all you need is a webcam.

Since sometimes reading "lol" doesn't deliver the same punch as actually hearing your friend laugh at your jokes, you can now use voice and video capabilities in your Google Chat properties (i.e Gmail, Google+, orkut). From within these services, you can have an actual conversation with someone (seriously, out loud), or even chat face to face over video.

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OS X 10.5.8 or later

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Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130

The version downloaded and installed does NOT match the version listed!

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Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130

Current version is

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OSX-FTW! Member IconReview+222

Free phone calls! What's not to like?

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BigJohnson Member IconComment+171

I've been using Google Voice to make calls for at least two years now and it has never worked well. It drops calls ALL THE TIME - yesterday I had to call a local business 4 times to finish our conversation. I thought this was due to my slow connection speed, but I recently got a 25 Mbps connection and the dropouts have gotten WORSE. Now it's nearly impossible to talk and use the Internet at the same time, because when I load a page it often disconnects the call.

I usually use MagicJack when I'm at home, even though I loathe it and their horrendous live chat agents.
But if I don't want to reveal my phone number I'll use Google. It's nice to be able to call from a hotspot when I take my laptop along, I can pull up to a hotspot and sit in my truck and make free calls.

This plugin is listed as requiring 32-bit which I was unaware of before. I've been running 64-bit for quite some time, so I wonder if that could be part of the problem. I'm currently running Lion on my Macbook Pro and used this plugin with Snow Leopard too. I was planning to upgrade when 10.8.3 is released in the very near future, but if this plugin won't work with it I may wait.
I just downloaded a free app (https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/telephone/id406825478?mt=12) from the MAS (now I see why people hate it) that can make calls via any SIP provider, so I'm hoping that works better and I can stop using this plugin.

I hate cell phones and don't want to pay a $600 yearly bill or $350 or so for a landline, so MagicJack and this plugin have saved me a lot of money.

Unlike GeoProf and a lot of other folks, I don't view Google as evil. They provide a helluva lot of free services and have to make money somehow. That somehow involves collecting data and selling ads. What other search engine are you gonna use, GeoProf? I believe they all collect data too.

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Just noticed the app I mentioned is listed here on MU: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/30347/telephone


I've discovered that the main problem seems to be with Firefox. When I place calls in Safari, the calls are almost never dropped, and the sound quality is excellent.
But in Firefox, the calls are disconnected frequently and repeatedly.

GeoProf Member IconComment+889

No longer works for me now that I got a new MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion. It's just as well though, because I'm learning to hate Google and its constant evildoing.

If you install this you'll get a million ksfetch callouts per day, and they're impossible to stop since that process disappears right after executing, so there's nothing to futz with.

Google indeed has become a loathsome company.

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Downloads 35,554
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Date 30 Jul 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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