Google is certainly committed to making internet connectivity more accessible. From providing free WiFi to India and other developing countries to developing the six-year-old Google Fiber in the USA, it’s aggressively expanding and changing the game for internet connectivity.
But first, what exactly is “Google Fiber”?
Google Fiber 101
- Google Fiber was launched on February 10, 2010, under Google Inc. Now, Google Fiber is a separate business under the expanded Alphabet Inc., the parent entity of Google.
- Google Fiber is not just an internet connectivity service. It is actually a telecommunications service that includes phone and TV services.
- Google Fiber has been changing the game. According to The Motley Fool, Fiber has been causing other telecommunications companies to lower their rates every time they enter a new city. Other than causing other telecoms companies to lower their rates, Google Fiber has also caused them to increase internet connectivity speeds. So the service is great for the end-user, whether they’ll subscribe to Google Fiber or not.
- Google Fiber has NO DATA CAP. So unlike other subscriptions which put a limit to your Internet use, you pay only for the speed category you want to subscribe to.
- You will be able to manage your Google Fiber subscription through your Google Account. Talk about having a one-stop-shop for all things Google and internet!
- Google Fiber, usually, has a free plan. So prospective subscribers can subscribe to wholly free internet connectivity services.
Trying it Out
- You can actually try out Google Fiber through the Google Fiber Space at 1814 Westport Rd Kansas City, Missouri. Take it for a spin! Research, chat with your friends online and feel the speed at the Google Fiber Space.
- There are two other locations where you can try Google Fiber:
- Zona Rosa Pop-up Space at 8677 N Winter Ave Kansas City
- KC North Hen House Pop-up Kiosk at 6238 N Chatham Ave Kansas City
- These spaces’ schedules are listed on the Google Fiber Space page (refer to the link above).
- As the brand name implies, Google Fiber is powered by fiber optic cables or optical fiber technology, which transmits more data than other wired technologies available at the moment.
- Right now, it is available in a few cities with the service coming to many more cities soon.
The Google Fiber Phone
As stated, Google Fiber is more than your regular Internet connection: It is a service that will bring Television access and phone connectivity to your home. For the cities that already have Google Fiber available, Google Fiber Phone is also available.
There is only one plan for the Google Fiber Phone: The $10 flat rate that gives you:
- Unlimited calling to all phones across the country.
- Affordable international calling rates.
- The ability to keep your old number, if you like.
- Privacy controls, which include: Spam filtering, call screening, and a do-not-disturb mode.
- Standard landline phone service features such as caller ID, voicemail, and access to 911.
- Advanced and exclusive features, such as being able to get calls from your landline on your mobile when you’re away from home, voicemail transcription, which lets you receive your voicemails as SMS texts or email.
- According to the Google Fiber Phone page, the phone device isn’t included in the bill, so you may have to check whether you can buy a Google Fiber Phone device, or you may have to get a landline phone separately.
Google Fiber Plans
So you’re keen on getting hyper-speed internet with TV and phone connectivity. How much would you be paying?
According to the Kansas City page for Google Fiber, here are the plans:
The Basic Internet/$0 Plan:
- You’ll enjoy a basic internet service with up to 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds.
- You will just pay the Google Fiber installation/construction fee of $300.
- You may also pay in installment, which is $25 a month for just 12 months.
- After which, your 5 Mbps internet will be totally free!
- Note: It seems this free plan is getting an ax soon.
The Gigabit Internet/$70 Monthly Plan:
- You’ll enjoy super-fast internet speeds with up to 1,000 Mbps upload and download speeds.
- You’ll also enjoy 1TB of cloud storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
- You’ll pay $70 a month, with a year’s commitment.
The “Full Fiber Experience”/Gigabit + TV/$130 Monthly Plan:
- You’ll enjoy the same services as the Gigabit Internet inclusions:
- Internet connectivity with up to 1,000 Mbps upload and download speeds.
- 1TB of cloud storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
- Then, you’ll be able to view up to 150+ channels, and you’ll be able to record up to 8 shows at once.
The Fiber 100 Plan:
- You will get up to 100 Mbps upload and download speeds with no data cap.
- This is a new plan that seems to target the users who don’t really need a Gbps connection but can make use of the absence of data caps.
All plans come with $100 installation fee waiver if you commit for 1 year with Google Fiber.
How about the Google Fiber Phone?
- The Google Fiber Phone can be added to any of these plans for only $10 a month. It’s that simple.
Getting Google Fiber will certainly give you access to either affordable internet or super-fast internet and a digital TV experience. Adding the Google Fiber Phone to the mix will also be a more convenient landline option, especially if you make the most out of the advanced features.
Even if you don’t subscribe, when Google Fiber shows up in your neighborhood, your telecoms providers’ plans and fees will most certainly plummet. Google is certainly making sure that the end user does not stay in the telecommunications stone age.
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