Google unveiled a new landline telephone service aimed at helping consumers stay connected in the Internet cloud.
The new Fiber Phone service will be made available to a few US markets and later expanded to other cities where Google offers high-speed Internet.
The new service adds a few high-tech features to the landline, such as transcribing voice mails and delivering them as written messages, and connecting with mobile phones when consumers are away.
â€œWhile mobile phones have pushed us toward the future, home phone service is still important to many families,â€ Googleâ€™s John Shriver-Blake said in a blog post. â€œLandlines can be familiar, reliable and provide high-quality service, but the technology hasn’t always kept up,â€ he said.
“That’s why today, we’re introducing Fiber Phone as a new option to help you stay connected wherever you are.”
The new service enables â€œgetting access on the road, in the office, or wherever you are,â€ Shriver-Blake said.
â€œYour 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 youâ€™re home, or your mobile device when youâ€™re on-the-go,â€ he added.
Google Fiber, which offers ultra-fast service, is now available in four US cities, with several others set to come online soon.
Google unveils landline phone, which â€˜lives in cloudâ€™