Earlier this year, Google began inviting certain Fiber customers to test out a home phone service. Today, the Mountain View company is officially adding a Fiber Phone service to the internet and cable TV services they already provide thus becoming a triple play provider…
The $10 per month service lets users keep their old phone number or select a new one at setup. Google notes that while landlines are “familiar, reliable and provide high-quality service”, they haven’t kept up technology-wise. To remedy that, the Fiber Phone integrates many common voice over IP (VOIP) features found in Project Fi.
Users will be able to receive and make a call using that number from any phone, tablet, or laptop. In addition to standard features like call waiting, caller ID, and 911 services, voicemails are transcribed and can be sent as a text or email. Everything lives in the cloud and Google does not provide a physical handset.
The setup process involves getting a Fiber Phone box that connects to any existing landline phone. For $10 per month, users get unlimited local and nationwide calling, with the same rates for international as Google Voice. The rollout will first begin in a few areas with all residential Fiber customers eventually being able to signup for the plan.
Read more at Google’s site.