Google has rolled out the long awaited ability to make calls using Assistant on Google Home in the US and Canada using your Wi-Fi connection.
Announced during Google I/O in May, the new feature allows anyone in the US or Canada to make free phone calls to landlines or mobile phones from their Google Home unit. Google says that you can make calls to numbers listed in your contacts using phrases like “Hey Google, call mum” as well as calling local businesses like “Hey Google, call Woolworths Queanbeyan”.
There are limits to the calls, with Google advising
Calls to premium rate numbers as well as international numbers outside of the U.S. and Canada are not supported unless you link your Project Fi or Google Voice account, at which point you’ll be billed at the published respective listed rates. Calls to 911 are not supported.
At this stage, calling from Google Home will have no caller ID, with users seeing “Unknown” or “No Caller ID” when they receive a call, so if they’re not inclined to answer those calls you may be out of luck.
Google has only ever spoke about launching the feature in the US and Canada. In our discussion at Google I/O with the Assistant and Home teams they wouldn’t commit to ever launching the feature outside of those places, so it’s unlikely we’ll see this option here.