29. August 2010 23:39
I recently blogged about gmail's "Call phone" feature which enables you to call from gmail to phone. Google says that this feature is only available in the US. But, if you set Gmail's language to English (US), you should see the "Call phone" option in the chat roster in all countries. You can also buy credit using Google Checkout.
If you're not in the US and you want to add credit to your account, make sure that you DON'T CLICK the "Upgrade your account" button from Google Voice. It lets you get a Google Voice number, which is available only in the US right now. Unfortunately, if you click on that button and you're not in the US, you'll no longer be able to buy credit.
You will get the following Error message if you click on "Upgrade your account":
"Google Voice is not available in your country. Thanks for visiting Google Voice. We're not yet open for users outside the US, but are planning to expand our service to additional countries in the future."
I don't find any way to downgrade your account outside US (You can cancel the upgrade if you use a US proxy), so the best thing to do is to avoid clicking that button. A Google spokesperson said: "We're looking into this and will keep you updated."
[Update]: The "Upgrade your account" button is no longer displayed to the users outside US. Google has fixed the bug.