Back are the days when people had to depend on landline phones to make calls and get in touch with their family and friends. You might be a bit surprised after reading this, aren’t you? But wait till you hear this – tech giant Google decided to go back in time with an innovative touch when it announced its new home phone service called ‘Fiber Phone’ today.
The company has just now unveiled the latest home phone service connected to Fiber Internet and offers the same rates as Google Voice for international calls. The Fiber Phone will let Google compete with other Triple Play home offers which provide internet, TV and phone service from only one provider.
As mentioned by Google, the Fiber Phone “helps you stay connected wherever you are” because its number is cloud-based and can work with any hardware of your choice including landline phone, notebook or a tablet.
So, no matter if you’re out or in your home, you’ll get a ring both on your mobile and your landline. You’ll receive calls on your mobile when you’re on the go and on your landline when you’re in your home.
This amazing phone has got it all that you’d ever expect from a home phone such as voicemail, caller ID, 911 emergency service, and much more. The phone also lets you convert or transcribe your voicemails into text. In other words, you can now get your voicemails in the form of emails or text message on your mobile.
Here are some of the awesome features offered by the Fiber Phone package:
- Unlimited nationwide calling – only for $10/month, users can make unlimited local and national calls on the same affordable international rates as for Google Voice.
- Keep your current number or choose a new one – users already having a landline can retain their existing number if they do not want to get a new one.
- Calls you want and when you want – traditional home phone service features and privacy controls such like call screening, spam filtering and do-not-disturb mode so users can stay in touch with their family and friends at the right time.
John Shriver-Blake, product manager at Google Fiber said, “Whether it’s calling mom or ordering take-out, we rely on our phones to help reach people and things that matter. And 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.”
Fiber Phone service is only available to users who already have Google Fiber at home and is currently being supplied in nine cities of the U.S including Kansas City, Charlotte, Nashville, and Austin.
The existing Fiber package plans range from free for a basic service to $130 for TV service with a gigabit-speed internet connection.
The ‘phone’ is not included in the package as Google says that the box you actually get is designed to be used with the phones that you already have. How great this will work, nobody’s sure about that at this point.