More and more companies are expanding their domains, engaging in services seldom before ventured. Recently however, as it also seems to be the trend with movies, companies have been engaging in simply rebooting older technologies. In one of their moves that has yet to gain enough momentum, phone services will soon be available from Google Fiber.
Only available in a very small number of cities across the United States, Google’s Fiber services haven’t really managed to get enough momentum yet.
Launched over three years ago, the services provided by the company are only available in Austin, Texas, in Kansas and Kansas City in Missouri, and in Provo, Utah.
Main services of Google Fiber used to include gigabit internet and TV, and they are still only limited to that.
Deciding to add a VoIP phone component to their feature in order to better rival their competitors’ offers, Google has been sending out invites to a small, limited number of people.
These people referred to as Fiber Trusted Testers, will be allowed to test out the new features and will ultimately get to decide via their scores whether the implementation of the phone system will be worth it or not for the company.
By completing occasional surveys, the testers will give their thoughts on the provided services to Google, which will then decide where and when to implement the third part of the service trifecta – Internet, TV, and phones.
The services provided by the phone part of Google’s Fiber will include a cloud phone number, allowing you to use it from either a mobile phone or a landline of your choosing. You will be able to either keep an old number or get a new one to use on all the devices you want.
You will also get spam filtering, call screening, voicemail transcription, and even a do not disturb function.
It sounds like a pretty good deal, if you ask me – but there might be a catch.
Google didn’t opt to go for the phone services at first, even though they considered it, because of the different billing systems that go into place because of the different state tax calculations.
This means that because the company is going to the trouble of implementing the service in the first place, you might not be able to opt out of also using the phone service, having instead to get the whole trifecta.
But we can only wait and see comes next.
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