Google Fiber goes live in Kansas City; subscribers get free Nexus 7 as TV remote
Today was yet another interesting day for Google enthusiasts. In a streamed event on YouTube, the search engine giant unveiled its latest work of art, Google Fiber — and no, we’re not talking about a new breakfast cereal, either.
Residents in Kansas City, MO. can now get a taste of an entirely “Different Kind of Internet”, which boasts a connection speed of up to 100 times faster than today’s average broadband — we’re talking about 1000Mb per second here. In addition to “instant downloads”, customers of the service will also be treated to crystal-clear HD television programming, as well.
Worried about switching to this service and losing your DVR? Don’t be. In fact, you’ll even be upgrading your current setup because Google Fiber allows you to record up to eight programs simultaneously, and 2TB worth of storage to fill with your favorite episodes of Weeds and Dexter. Seriously though, If you can find eight shows on at the same time that you actually want to watch, it’s time to consider a better lifestyle.
Even sweeter, Google is giving customers of its Internet/TV combo package a free Nexus 7 tablet to use as a freakin’ TV remote. How awesome is that, right?
So, you’re probably wondering by now how big of a dent is in store for your wallet, assuming you live in the Kansas City area, of course. Initially, there are three different pricing levels:
- Gigabit + TV - $120/mo – Up to one gigabit upload & download speed, full channel TV lineup, 2 year contract, no data caps,
Nexus 7 tablet, TV Box, storage box, network box, 1TB Google Drive ($120/mo + taxes and fees)
- Gigabit Internet – $70/mo - Up to one gigabit upload & download, no data caps, year contract, $300 waived construction fee, network box included, 1TB Google Drive ($70/mo + taxes & fees)
- Free Internet – $0/mo [$300 construction fee (one time or $25/mo for 12 mo)] - Up to 5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload speed, no data caps, free service guaranteed for at least 7 years, includes network box ($300 construction fee (one time or 12 monthly payments of $25) + taxes and fees)
Ready to quit reading and get some Google Fiber in your diet? Take a peek at this video, detailing how to get it.
Now, mosey on over to the official site and get your name on that list, why don’t you?
Readers, what do you think of these pricing points?