Google offering free phone numbers & voice mail to homeless

by on March 4, 2008 · 4 comments

This story from the SF Chronicle is interesting in a number of ways. First, what does this baby step by Google into phone services mean in the long run? I’m not sure if the phone companies ever tried anything like this before (if you know, pls comment), but if they haven’t, it makes them look bad and reinforces the left’s “big, bad, telecoms” paranoia. Second, it is shocking to see Google working with Gavin Newsom again after the WiFi fiasco that ended SF’s attempt to provide “free” (read: government-controlled) WiFi and demonstrated how difficult it is to partner with SF’s local officials.

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