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Online giant Google builds a call centre

Creating phone support for Google Nexus One

Google, the ultimate online company, is advertising to staff a telephone call centre.

After struggling to support Google Nexus One customers using an online-only approach, Google appears to be developing a phone-based customer service operation.

The Digital Inspiration blog noticed a Google job advertisement for a phone support program manager for Android and the Nexus One.

The position includes building and managing telephone support for Android and Nexus One customers, according to the job posting. It's not clear if Google will be handling the operation entirely internally or if it will partner with an outsourced call-centre operation.

Google spokeswoman Katie Watson declined to answer questions about the company's plans. However, she said Google is prepared to make changes in response to customer needs. "We continue to address all issues in as timely of a manner as possible, and we're flexible and prepared to make changes to our processes and tools, as necessary, for an optimal customer support experience," she wrote in an email.

Shortly after the Google Nexus One was released in the US, Google faced a deluge of complaints from users struggling to find help for various problems. Many contacted T-Mobile only to be referred to HTC, which often directed customers back to T-Mobile. Google accepts only email queries, in addition to its online help forum, to which it responds in one or two days.

While it appears that Google was unprepared initially to support phone customers, it has begun to be more responsive on the help forums. On Tuesday it pushed out a Nexus One software update to fix a problem that some people had with connecting to 3G networks.

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