Google is showing its appreciation for the men and women serving in the military and their families by offering $10 in free credits to call their loved ones stationed around the world for the holidays. You can use the credits with either Google Voice or the phone/video chat inside of Gmail to call around the globe. Depending on where you call depends on how quickly you will burn through the credits. For calling soldiers based in Afghanistan, you will get about 30 minutes of call time compared to 60 minutes for calls to Iraq and possibly hundreds of minutes for calls to Europe and the rest of the world. If you are a military family and want to apply for the free credits, follow the instructions below.
To be eligible for $10 calling credits, military family members must:
- Be a member of either Blue Star Families or Sesame Street Family Connections—registration is free for all military families
- Provide their Gmail address
- Enable calling in Gmail and accept the terms of service OR have an existing Google Voice account
- Complete this registration form by December 22, 2010
I applaud Google for their support of the troops and their families especially at this time of year. Head over to the Official Google Blog for more information.