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01/24/2005 05:39 AM ID: 45749 Permalink   

Google Launching Free Phone Service

 

Google is working on launching a free VOIP service for broadband internet users who just need a home computer and a headset to connect. Skype already offers this service, and it has seen 54 million downloads. Google has more name brand recognition.

The search engine and the phone could be linked. For example, people could phone businesses they find through the Google's search engine to ask about products. Half of all searches in the world are made through Google's search engine.

The company will have to invest in software and capacity so connections are more reliable and sound quality is not poor. Google could purchase some of the unused thousands of miles of fibre-optic cable that exist, and it has the cash to spend.

 
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  pretty soon...  
 
the term 'Internet' will be replaced simply with 'Google.'
 
  by: ntd   01/24/2005 10:14 PM     
  You want to bet...  
 
on how long it remains "free?" Remember Microsoft Instant Voice Messaging? It was free for a little while.
 
  by: lurker     01/24/2005 10:41 PM     
  Google is not Microsoft  
 
I wouldn't put my hands on fire defending Google but they have shown a much much much better approach to the consumer that MS ever did.

In my opinion, the people from Google have understood that the business practices have changed and they have found ways to make billions without the simply overcharging users like MS does.
 
  by: exanime   01/25/2005 12:59 PM     
  it's called aim...  
 
Old technology, thats all i got to say
 
  by: rogueelite   01/25/2005 03:16 PM     
  Skype is good  
 
I have no problem with skype and i don't know why google bothers to compete in this.But does it mean call buisness over the VOIP or acctually call thier physical phone. It would be a bit a anoying to have a business constanty being called at 3am by some buy in mongolia asking about underpants drawers, or people just mindlessly calling for no reason.
 
  by: tiggyfiggy   01/25/2005 03:33 PM     
  Google is better  
 
They've got the name and the money to really get this thing going. Skype is a good product, but how many people know about it compared to the hundreds of millions who have heard about Google.
 
  by: ntd   01/26/2005 06:18 PM     
  Skype would be big if Google started charging  
 
Instant messages of the future;
"Google said they will start charging some time next year" - user 1
"Go to skype.com, it is still free" - user 2



Then Skype puts a browser on its page. :)
 
  by: ericcode   01/27/2005 10:40 AM     
  Google just wants to be cool...  
 
Coming out with all thee "beta" products at once seems to be a bit desperite to me...
 
  by: XxIronNaziKilaxX   01/30/2005 10:27 AM     
 
 
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