COVID-19 hasn’t been a happy time for many of us, but one good thing has come forward and that’s the rise of video calling as “normal”. Work calls, social and family are — particularly in harder-hit locations — migrating to video calling. There are, of course, a significant number of offerings in this space with Zoom being the biggest winner during the pandemic. Google Meet is a quiet achiever and with the announcement that call times will remain unlimited for free users, they have an advantage over others.

As we look ahead to a holiday season with less travel and important milestones like family reunions, PTA meetings and weddings hosted over video, we want to continue helping those who rely on Meet to stay in touch over the coming months. As a sign of our commitment, today we’re continuing unlimited Meet calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version through March 31, 2021 for Gmail accounts.

This adds to the recent additional feature of noise cancelling when you’re on a call from a mobile device. Sadly, the reality is that we’re going to continue with our virtual presence meetings for some time until the threat from COVID-19 is more controlled internationally. Moving forward, you’ll need to be familiar with several video conferencing options so it’s time to pick your weapon of choice.

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Too late… Threatening to end followed by a back flip does not give me any confidence that they care about Google Meet. Probably get killed off next year I guess?