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This is Google Fiber’s plan to bring landlines back from the dead

The Google Fiber home broadband initiative is bringing gigabit internet speeds to many households in the United States.

But as rooted as Fiber is in the future of home communications, there’s also an eye on what many have come to consider the past… landlines.

Yes, the Fiber team has introduced a Fiber Phone, a landline handset partly powered by Google Voice.

Before you scoff, the service will offer unlimited local and national calls for $10 a month, while there will also be Google Voice rates for international calling.

As with Google Voice, the Fiber Phone number exists in the cloud, meaning users will be able to access their account from any phone, laptop or tablet, making it ideal for use while travelling.

As with Voice, it will also transcribe voice messages and send them to you as a text message or email.

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The plan is to roll out Fiber Phone gradually before making it available to customers in all areas where Fiber is available.

Right now this covers residents in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City and San Antonio. There are plans to expand into San Francisco, San Diego, Tampa, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Portland and many more.

As well as an 1,000Mbps internet service, Fiber customers also have access to television services with 150 HD channels and a DVR that allows eight shows to be recorded at once.

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