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Google Fiber announces home phone service

Who said the home phone was dead? Alphabet Inc’s high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, is now introducing a home phone service, Fiber Phone.

In keeping with tradition, the announcement was made via Google Fiber’s blog. It may not be good news for traditional fixed-line operators but is limited to certain Google Fiber cities for now, at least.

The announcement makes interesting reading:

“Fiber Phone is meant to give you everything you want from a home phone service, plus a lot more. For $10/month, you get unlimited local and nationwide calling, and the same affordable rates as Google Voice for international calls. 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.”

And here it gets interesting:

“Fiber Phone can help you make the most of your home phone—even when you’re not at home. Adding Fiber Phone means getting access on the road, in the office, or wherever you are. Your Fiber Phone number lives in the cloud, which means that you can use it on almost any phone, tablet or laptop. It can ring your landline when you’re home, or your mobile device when you’re on-the-go.”

Should fixed-line and cable operators be worried?