Google Fiber's coveted high-speed Internet service is slowly rolling out to more cities across the U.S., and for anyone lucky enough to have access to it, the company is adding a new service option that could really appeal to those looking for a total break from local telecommunications companies and ISPs.
On Tuesday Google announced Fiber Phone, a $10 per-month landline service for Fiber subscribers.
Fiber Phone users get all the basic landline features -- such as call waiting, caller ID, unlimited local and nationwide calling and 911 services -- but with the addition of a few Google-esque perks. For instance, users can have their voicemails transcribed and sent to them via text or email, and international call rates run the same as Google Voice.
"Your Fiber Phone number lives in the cloud, which means that you can use it on almost any phone, tablet or laptop," Google Fiber product manager John Shriver-Blake wrote in a blog post. "It can ring your landline when you're home, or your mobile device when you're on-the-go."
While some may balk at the idea of a home phone, Google's decision to incorporate landlines into the overall Fiber package was a necessary move. It makes the service a more viable option for the bevy of people who still use a landline or want one for emergency purposes, but don't like the idea of having an additional bill each month.
Google says Fiber Phone will roll out over time, as more Google Fiber cities go live. Google Fiber is already up and running in three cities -- Austin, Kansas City and Provo -- with expansion plans previously lined up for Salt Lake City, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. More recently cities such as Louisville, Kentucky and Huntsville, Alabama joined the list of Fiber city candidates.