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Google’s Attempt to Bring up a Newer Version of the Landline Phone


Google strives to bring up a newer version of the landline phone, which is equipped with a bundle of services including an ultra-fast broadband service. It is a Fiber Phone which with $10 a month, gives 1Gbps broadband service and videos to cities where Google has deployed its Fiber networks. The service comes into focus when Google faced tough competition from traditional broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast, which also deliver ultra-high-speed services. It also comes to remind people one more time of the value of traditional phone service that is superseded by the advanced techniques of mobile devices.

But Google’s loud announcement about the comeback of traditional landline subscriptions doesn’t offer a plain traditional old service. The new Fiber Phone is cloud-based. It has the functionality of keeping the numbers in the “cloud”. Users can make and answer calls from any connected device, including a tablet or mobile phone. In $10 a month, the Fiber Phone gives unlimited local and national long-distance calling. International rates for calls are similar to rates the company offers on its Google Voice service. The reason behind this similarity is still unclear. For using the services, you need to implement a “Fiber Phone Box” to the existing landline handset to make calls from home.

Google proclaims Fiber Phone service will get compatible to all Google Fiber cities like Kansas City and Austin. It comes out to be an important factor for families who already subscribe to Google’s broadband and TV services but also pay for a landline service from another company. Google is also giving an opportunity through Fiber Phone to the new customers who want to subscribe to a broadband and TV service without giving up their home phone line.

Author: Soumya Banerjee

Soumya Banerjee is the General Manager of Sketch Web Solutions, a mobile & web development company based in India. He has been adeptly handling this role for over five years now and has advised his professionals on many advanced and complicated IT projects. You can follow Mr. Banerjee on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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