Did you get a phone call from 760-705-8888, and you are wondering who was calling? Or maybe you answered a call from 760-705-8888, only to hear heavy breathing on the other end, or, worse, some scam artist trying to scam you. The reason that your caller I.D. is showing this number is because they are using Google Chat to call you, and 760-705-8888 is the outbound number that Google Chat uses.
As the New York Times explained it, back when Google first rolled out Internet phone calls from inside Gmail, which is what this service amounts to, “The person you’re calling will see on his or her phone the caller ID 760-705-8888, which Google uses for all outbound calls unless you’re also using its Google Voice service and have a Google Voice number.”
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Google’s reasoning for the call-from-within-Gmail service, they say, goes like this: “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 Gmail, iGoogle and orkut chat. From within these services, you can have an actual conversation with someone (seriously, out loud), or even chat face to face over video.”
So, that is what these people calling you from 760-705-8888 are doing.
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