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Google Fiber was launched last year in the United States, providing people with the fastest television and internet connection. The services are only available in certain cities, such as San Antonio, Provo, Austin and Kansas City.

As much as the tech giant wanted to expand at a rapid pace, they encountered technical difficulties and problems from the local authorities, effectively slowing them down. The company even had to file a lawsuit so the government will announce that an internet connection is a basic utility.

The announcement, which was made by the mayor of San Antonio, Ivy Taylor, allowed Google to gather momentum. And just recently, the company officially launched the Fiber Phone.

For just $10 a month, Google Fiber customers who already subscribed to the TV and internet service can enjoy the Fiber Phone. It can be likened to a landline, but with added features.

It functions similar to Google Voice. Any voicemail made through it can be transcribed automatically and sent through email. You can make unlimited domestic and international calls at rates similar with Google Voice. And the one phone number you have can be set up in such a way that you can ring both landline and mobile phones.

The Fiber Phone will also have conventional phone services, such as call waiting, caller ID and 911.

If it functions like a landline, then what makes it different from typical telecom services?

For one, it runs through Google Fiber that is built to provide consumers speed and stability, regardless of how they wish to connect – whether online or over the phone, and watch TV.

For another, there are different service plans you can choose from, which will dictate how well you can stay connected online and use Google Voice.

Google Fiber Plans

Gigabit + TV        

  • Internet bandwidth (download): 1 Gbit/s
  • Internet bandwidth (upload): 1 Gbit/s
  • Storage included: 1 TB Google Drive, 2 TB DVR (8 tuners)
  • Hardware included: Network box, TV box, TV remote control, 8-tuner DVR

Gigabit Internet

  • Internet bandwidth (download): 1 Gbit/s
  • Internet bandwidth (upload): 1 Gbit/s
  • Storage included: 1 TB Google Drive
  • Hardware included: Network box

Basic Internet

  • Internet bandwidth (download): 5 Mbit/s
  • Internet bandwidth (upload): 1 Mbit/s
  • Storage included: None
  • Hardware included: Network box

If you add Fiber Phone on top of these services, you will be given a square black phone box that comes with a phone and Ethernet jack. The setup may be similar to a conventional phone and internet service, but you will feel the difference when you use the Fiber Phone with Google Fiber.