Google testing Phone Service Google Fiber Users

Google is testing phone service for Google Fiber users. Google Fiber subscribers will be able to use a phone number for every device they use. The service will come with Google Voice functionality as well. Voicemails will be delivered as emails in the inbox. The service also includes freebies like call screening, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb feature.

The phone service for Google Fiber users currently is in invite-only mode. Google is still testing the feature and might include more users at a later stage. The first invitations have been sent to users who had signed up for Fiber Trusted Tester program.

Google’s official email on the Phone service added, “Please remember that the Trusted Tester program gives you early access to features which are not yet available to the public, so please help us keep this confidential.”

Users will be able to get a new number for Google Fiber phone and they can also transfer an existing landline of cellphone number to the service.

The new phone service, called as Google Fiber Phone, would operate similar to Google Voice and direct mobile and landline phones to a single number operated by the company’s network. Currently, Google Fiber Phone is only available to those who have been invited to partake in the program. From past one month, the invite to try the phone service has been going out to members of the Google Fiber Trusted Tester program. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll get a letter from Google asking you if you’re interested in taking part. You have one week to reply to Google and, if you agree (and are selected to participate), Google will send a technician out your way to set the service up.

As per the Google’s email, “Please be aware that testing Google Fiber Phone will require a service visit in which a Fiber team member will come to your home to install a piece of equipment”. If you’re selected for this Trusted Tester group, we’ll be actively seeking your feedback—both good and bad—so that we can improve Fiber Phone once we launch it to all of our customers. The email also reads, “Please remember that the Trusted Tester program gives you early access to features which are not yet available to the public, so please help us keep this confidential”.

It’s unclear which cities may have access to it at the moment and how much it will cost in addition to fiber internet and cable TV. Google Fiber currently has three tiers: a free internet service with 5Mbps download speeds, a 1-gigabit internet service for $70 a month, and a 1-gigabit service with cable for $130 a month. With the new phone service of Google Fiber Phone, subscribers can use one phone number for every device they own, from smartphones to landlines. And they’ll also get a few of the other Google Voice features, too: voicemails delivered as emails to their inboxes, spam filtering, call screening, and do-not-disturb modes, to name a few extras.

The new feature will include a voicemail service which could transcribe the messages to be sent over e-mail. There will also be spam filtering, call screening, and do-not-disturb features, so users can get the calls they want at the right moments.

In order to use the service, users will be provided a new number or they can transfer their existing landline number or cell number. The users from the programme who actually got selected to test the service will have some additional equipment installed by one Fiber team member.

With the addition of this service, Google would become a triple-play provider, so it can better compete with other cable companies and take it a little further with its Fi programme which works on carrier networks.

Google Email about the service said, “Please be aware that testing Google Fiber Phone will require a service visit in which a Fiber team member will come to your home to install a piece of equipment. If you’re selected for this Trusted Tester group, we’ll be actively seeking your feedback—both good and bad—so that we can improve Fiber Phone once we launch it to all of our customers.”

“Please remember that the Trusted Tester program gives you early access to features which are not yet available to the public, so please help us keep this confidential.”

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