Google to launch the old UK Style Phone Booth in America

Yesterday, Google announced the launch of phone calls and  Google Voice Integration into Gmail (demo shown below) via the old UK style phone booth at the universities and airports. You’ll be able to make domestic and international calls, free of charge.

The company tries to get people to use Google Voice and see how the voice quality compares to old-fashioned phones.

Although, the idea looks and sounds cool,  but not sure it will fly. There is a reason phone booths are disappearing at such a quick rate. I will laugh at anyone I see standing in one of those, while I use Skype for iOS or Android to make free calls from my cell phone.

I could only see this used for international calls. I think most everyone else has a cell phone that is on campus or in an airport so the need for local calls is almost nonexistent. However they may get some people to change from Skype for international calls. Cool concept.

The best thing about the idea is it’s one less loud, annoying phone conversation that I don’t have to listen to while waiting at the airport. Hey buddy, take it in the booth!
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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

3 Responses to Google to launch the old UK Style Phone Booth in America

  1. There IS the novelty factor of using Google on a Tardis….

  2. Judith Katz says:

    I would definitely use the UK Style Phone Booth to be launched by Google!!
    Everything “old” is “new” again!!!

  3. Bill Atwood says:

    I haven’t used a public phone since 1990…

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