Google Fiber is adding landline-like phone option to home Internet bundle

Google Fiber missed out on some customers when its high-speed Internet and cable-style TV subscription services debuted without a “triple play” that included phone hookups routinely offered by its competitors.

On Tuesday, the company announced it is adding Fiber Phone — phone service over Internet channels with some of the features that come with the firm’s free Google Voice service. For example, the $10-a-month phone offers relatively low rates for international calls and transcribed voice messages delivered by text and email.

Also like Google Voice, calls could be forwarded from that home phone to a cellphone. The same number could be used to place calls from a computer.

Google’s announcement said that the service includes “a Fiber Phone box” but that customers will have to supply their own handsets. Conventional phones and cellphones will work with the box.