Google has jumped into the VoIP race after announcing it’s initial roll-out of its new VoIP service named Fiber Phone which is meant to replace your home “hard-line” phone service for a fraction of the cost. Plans are starting at just $10 a month.
The new service will initially be limited to a few initial cities to test the platform and work out any tech problems before expanding the offering to other parts of the USA. For now, these cities include Atlanta(GA), Austin(TX), Charlotte(NC), Chicago, Jacksonville (FL), Huntsville, Irvine (TX), Kansas City(MO), Nashville(TN), Provo(UT), Raleigh-Durham(NC), Salt Lake City(UT), San Antonio(TX), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA) San Jose (CA) and Tampa (FL).
New cities are steadily being added, so it’s best to check here to see if your city is now on the list.
Why Use Google Fiber?
First, cost is always a huge factor. With the $10 a month plan, you have unlimited free calling within the USA. And steep discounted international call rates. This includes and all services you need to have a home phone. Compare this rate to your regular phone company’s bill and the savings should be very obvious.
A great feature of switching is that you can keep your original phone number. So you don’t need to worry about calling family and friends and explaining the switch. They won’t even know.
And people can still call you from their regular land line telephones. It doesn’t matter who is calling you or what platform they are using, for you it is all the same.
You can use Google Fiber on your cell phone too. That means if you’re running to the store and someone calls your home phone, you can just answer it on your cell like any other call forwarding, as long as your cell can hook up to the internet.
Everything you’d expect from a home phone like caller ID, voicemail, 911 service. And more.
Privacy controls like spam filtering, call screening and do-not-disturb make sure the right people can get in touch with you at the right time, or the wrong people can’t. 🙂