Google Launches Landline based Fiber Phone service in US


After launching Fiber broadband service, search engine giant Google announced Fiber Phone, a landline service in the U.S. Tuesday, March 29.

In addition to all the landline services such as call waiting, caller ID, and 911 emergency dial, Google’s Fiber Phone will transcribe callers’ voice messages for the user and then send them as texts or emails.

Fiber Phones will be similar to our traditional landlines but with lot more features. They will let us stay connected and we can access it from anywhere.

The number will be stored in the cloud and so the users can avail the service from any other device like smartphones, laptops and others. The phones will also help users to transcribe voice messages and then send it as a text or email.

Google is giving Fiber Phone users unlimited free calling to numbers in the U.S. or Canada. For other countries, calls cost the same as they would via Google Voice. That doesn’t mean Fiber Phone is the cheapest way to replace your landline. At $10 a month, it’s priced on par with Vonage, though both are quite a bit more expensive than what MagicJack and Ooma offer.

Since the service is cloud-based, the service works with any hardware customers connect it with. That includes landline phones, laptop computers, tablets and other similar devices. John Shriver-Blake, Fiber’s product manager, remained optimistic about the potentials of the company’s new service.

“While mobile phones have pushed us toward the future, home phone service is still important to many families. Landlines can be familiar, reliable and provide high-quality service, but the technology hasn’t always kept up,” he said.

Google has launched the service in few selective areas in US and will roll out to other Fiber cities where Google provides high speed internet.

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