A number of Google’s high-speed Internet subscribers received invitations to an experimental telephone service, hinting that Google Fiber tests the waters of telephonic services. reports.
Named Google Fiber Phone, the service would work just like Google Voice and would direct mobile and landline phones to a single number operated by the company’s network.
According to reports, Fiber Phone packs certain features from Google Voice, such as auto call screening and voicemail transcriptions. The call screening takes into account the time of day to function properly.
Participants in the Google Fiber Trusted Tester program received the invite during the past month. The Trusted Tester program is made out of Fiber subscribers who ticked yes next to the “try new and potential changes to the service.”
In theory, Google Fiber does not feature a standard phone service. However, should the Fiber Phone extend enough throughout the country, Google has a chance to become a huge triple-play provider. This means that the company will give its users access to television, broadband Internet and telephony.
Rivals in the cable industry already offer at least two out of the three options, and Google seems to have taken notes from them.
Based on the invitation, the service permits you to get a new number or to use an existing number, be it landline or mobile. Then, Google simply installs a small device in the homes of all selected subscribers, who will be asked to give generous and frequent feed-back to the company.
There’s not yet been any word on which US cities will have access to the phone services, or how much they will cost. Users can currently get (a) a free internet service with 5Mbps download speeds, (b) a 1-gigabit internet service for US $70 a month, and (c 1-gigabit service, as well as cable TV, for US $130 a month