Google Wants To Make Landlines Relevant Again With Its New Fibre Phone

Google Wants to Make Landlines Relevant Again with Its New Fibre Phone

If you're living with high-speed internet in one of Google's Fibre cities, your landline telephone might yet live to see another day. In the US, Google has announced Fibre Phone, a cloud-based phone number you can use from any tablet, laptop or phone — including a landline. It's like Google Voice on bad steroids. The proposition is fairly straightforward. You can either keep your existing landline number or pick a new one and connect any pre-existing phone up to the Fibre Phone box. For $US10 ($13) a month, you get unlimited US nationwide texts and calls, plus caller ID, call waiting and 911 emergency calls. And if you're using the Fibre Phone number from a more modern device, the service will transcribe voicemails for you and and text you the transcripts — just like Google Voice has been doing for years.

Why is Google doing this? Who the hell knows. It's a way to squeeze a few extra bucks out of Fibre customers and could be some sort of regulatory play to ease expansion of its fibre network. Either way, all the Google Fibre cities are in the US so Australia won't get the Fibre Phone. If you do happen to live in a US Google Fibre city and are weirdly interested in modernising your landline, you can sign up here.


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    Not every one that wants to call you, wants to call a mobile number @ $/min (i.e. not everyone has unlimited minutes plans) so calling a landline is cheaper for them. Maybe that's an idea?

    Not everyone that wants to use a phone wants to use a mobile sized device (i.e. some people like big physical buttons to press, or like that the earpiece and mouthpiece are, you know, like, next to their ear and mouth instead of wherever the heck they are on those non-ergonomic flat slabs of glass). Maybe that's an idea?

      Exactly, this is to phase out all those oldies and holdouts before modern technology becomes the standard.

      I haven't even given anyone my landline number I've had for three years (for internet only) and even paid the extra to have it silent so nobody can look me up. Call my mobile.

    all i read from the title was "google wants to gain information and record you via a landline too"

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