Ars Technica: Google Fi gets a cheaper “unlimited” plan, bundled cloud storage

Ars Technica: Google Fi gets a cheaper “unlimited” plan, bundled cloud storage. “Google Fi, Google’s MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) cellular service, is launching a second plan for users today. Besides the original pay-per-megabyte plan with unlimited calls and text, Google Fi is now launching a full blown ‘Unlimited’ plan (with throttling after 22GB) for $70, and it comes with 100GB of cloud storage thanks to a bundled ‘Google One’ membership.”

Google Blog: Helping small business phones get smart with CallJoy

Google Blog: Helping small business phones get smart with CallJoy. “My team within Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental projects, conducted testing and found that small businesses receive an average of 13 phone calls every day. If you apply that average to America’s 30.2 million small businesses, that would equal roughly 400 million incoming daily calls to local businesses from consumers placing a to-go order, booking an appointment, inquiring about inventory and more. That’s why we built CallJoy, a cloud-based phone agent that enables small business owners to measure, improve and automate customer service.”

Skype’s Real-Time Translation Expands to Mobile, Landline Calls

Skype’s real-time translation now works for mobile and landline calls as well. “The translation will work just like it does with regular Skype calls. You bring up the dialer, toggle the switch marked ‘Translate,’ and then select the languages. When the person on the other side picks up, they’ll be played a message telling them the call is being recorded and translated. The rest of the call will take place with short delays waiting for the conversation to be translated.”

Google Launches new “Fiber Phone” Service

More Google: Google is going to offer Fiber phone service. “The new Fiber Phone service will be made available to a few US markets and later expanded to other cities where Google offers high-speed Internet. The new service adds a few high-tech features to the landline, such as transcribing voice mails and delivering them as written messages, and connecting with mobile phones when consumers are away.”