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Google Announces Fiber Phone, a $10/Month Home Telephone Service 88

Google on Tuesday announced Fiber Phone, a home phone service for Fiber subscribers. For $10 a month, Fiber Phone offers unlimited local and nationwide calling, and "the same affordable rates as Google Voice for international calls." From company's blog post: You can keep your old phone number, or pick a new one. You can use call waiting, caller ID, and 911 services just as easily as you could before. Fiber Phone can also make it easier to access your voicemail -- the service will transcribe your voice messages for you and then send as a text or email. Writing for TechCrunch, Devin Coldewey explains why this matters: Fiber Phone features unlimited calls to the U.S., call filtering and blocking, voicemail transcription, and call forwarding to your mobile so you don't miss that telemarketer. It may seem an anachronism, but if Google aims to be the main or even sole conduit for communication in the areas it is expanding to, it does have to offer this.
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Google Announces Fiber Phone, a $10/Month Home Telephone Service

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  • For $10 a month, Fire Phone offers unlimited local and nationwide calling

    Does anyone proofread these things?

  • How much in taxes? $12 more per month?

    • Re:$10/month plus (Score:5, Informative)

      by fonos ( 847221 ) on Tuesday March 29, 2016 @02:55PM (#51801975)

      I take it you've never seen a Google Fiber bill before. This is how mine looks:

      Gigabit Ethernet $70.00
      Taxes, Fees, Surcharges $0.00
      Total: $70.00

  • by InterGuru ( 50986 ) <jhd AT interguru DOT com> on Tuesday March 29, 2016 @02:51PM (#51801935) Homepage

    Sign up for nomorobo.com. It's free service that blocks telemarketers

    From their website

    Nomorobo uses a feature known as "Simultaneous Ring". When simultaneous ring is enabled, your phone will ring on more than one number at the same time. The first device to pick it up gets the call and the other phones stop ringing.

    So, when the Nomorobo number is enabled as a simultaneous ring number it is the first number to screen the call. If it’s a legitimate call, the call goes through to your number. If the call is an illegal robocaller, Nomorobo intercepts the call and hangs up for you. Your phone will ring once letting you know that the robocall has been answered and stopped.

    • by ubrgeek ( 679399 )
      We love this thing. Been using it since (pretty much) the day the service was first offered. We don't even move toward picking up the phone until after it rings more than once. One ring = telemarketer.
    • by chihowa ( 366380 ) on Tuesday March 29, 2016 @06:47PM (#51803555)

      The first thing I think when I hear "free service" is to wonder how I am really paying for this service. This company will have complete logs of all of your incoming calls, which could be worth something to somebody. They claim otherwise, though.

      From their site:

      How Does Nomorobo Stay In Business?
      The service is free for consumers but business and public safety organizations pay to license the data. For consumers, robocalls are annoying. But, for businesses it costs them real money. And, for EMS systems (like 911), it could be a matter of life and death.

      These are the people that don't mind paying for the service and using it directly in their telephone equipment.

  • by netsavior ( 627338 ) on Tuesday March 29, 2016 @02:55PM (#51801973)
    I would love to buy fiber, but like 95% of the country, NOPE. Yay another add-on feature I can't buy.
    • Just as soon as you do something about the schmucks running your state legislature. Oh, and get Citizens United over turned while you're at it. Our nation's political decisions have consequences, and this is one of them.
      • Google will be happy to sell it to you...so long as you live in an area where construction is cheap and incomes are high enough to drive high penetration, and/or where the local government is willing to give Google a better deal on pole attachment, buildout requirements, etc. than the existing cable and Telco operators got.

  • This article is a couple days early.

  • by NotDrWho ( 3543773 ) on Tuesday March 29, 2016 @03:01PM (#51802021)

    If you happen to live in the right neighborhood of one of the 3 cities that has any Google fiber, then hooray!

    For the rest of you, don't hold your breath.

  • This should be free (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mrchaotica ( 681592 ) * on Tuesday March 29, 2016 @03:06PM (#51802055)

    (And by "free" I mean at no additional cost beyond the Google Fiber internet service itself.)

    After all, Google already offers Google Voice / Hangouts for free. I assume that this is just Google Voice plus an ATA [wikipedia.org] -- essentially the same thing lots of people already do using an ObiTalk [obitalk.com], just entirely Google-branded.

    • by crow ( 16139 )

      I use an Obi, and I would agree except for a few things. The service they're offering is roughly equivalent to using an Obi with their premium subscription service. Google Fiber Talk customers get caller ID and other features that you don't get directly with Google Voice.

      Google will also allow you to port your land line over, which they won't with Google Voice (you have to first port it to a mobile, so it can be done if you're really determined). They also provide E911 service, which is not part of Googl

      • I agree, I went with an Obihai ATA and voip.ms years ago. I can't identify any downsides. I'm puzzled by much of the general discussion on this topic; if you're not using a VoIP service why are you here? I thought this was news for nerds, not consumer reports.
        • by crow ( 16139 )

          To be fair, some people might not realize how easy it is; this is a chance for them to learn. Also, in some cases, Comcast will bundle phone service such that you pay less with it than without. I did that once and never hooked it up.

  • When I had Verizon FIOS, I just got an Ooma box and paid $3.95/mo for the same (initially only $12/yr, but later increased)
  • by future assassin ( 639396 ) on Tuesday March 29, 2016 @03:30PM (#51802227) Homepage

    will online ad tracking now show me ads relating to what I was talking about on the phone?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      will online ad tracking now show me ads relating to what I was talking about on the phone?

      My first thoughts exactly...

  • I dropped my land line over ten years ago, and have never wanted it back. Occasionally I use skype, but only when someone on the other end wants to see my beaming face; the rest of the time it's my cell phone. Why would anyone pay for a land line? Is it because the voice quality is that much better? (My current phone is a Nokia, and the voice quality seems quite good, both send and receive.) Are there other reasons?

    • In the case of my wife, it's inertia. "But everyone knows our number, and we've had it 42 years." Yeah, so does "Bridget from Cardholder Services" who calls once a day! GRRRRRRR.

      But this week, it rained cats&dogs, and our phone was out for two days, as usual. The response from Verizon is "we'll be out in 4 days, after the lines dry up and it works again, and find there's no problem" as usual. Coincidentally, we got a bill for $89 for our bare bones service (no caller ID, forwarding, anything fan

Friction is a drag.