Google talks with Dish to start its own mobile carrier

Google talks with Dish to start its own mobile carrier
We've heard this before as more of an unsubstantiated rumor that Google wanted to start its own wireless carrier, but now word is coming out that looks to be more concrete on the subject. Apparently, Google has been in negotiations with Dish Network, which point to a very real possibility of Google as a mobile carrier.

The report comes from the Wall Street Journal, which says that the talks haven't gotten too far, and may not lead anywhere. But, Google and Dish Network have been negotiating a partnership to start a wireless carrier to compete with Verizon, AT&T, and all of the other mobile carriers in the US. Google is apparently in an "exploratory stage", and has talked to a number of companies about a deal. So, even if the deal doesn't go through with Dish Network, Google is trying a number of ways to do the same thing: become a mobile carrier. 

This could become quite an interesting story, or it may not lead anywhere. We'll keep on top of it and let you know. 

source: WSJ

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44 Comments

1. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

sign me up

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Last time they talked about this they said it was going to be free. Who knows though. Really I doubt it...

4. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Hell even if they did it at cost. If Google makes it money from data mining, and they can get, possibly, hundreds of millions of Americans, and probably other countries at some point, using their service they would still boost revenue. Kind of like Google fiber.

24. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2250; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I doubt it would be free, but what they may do is finally give us the option paying $30-$50 a month for a plan and having a unsubsidized phone. Sort of like what they have over in Europe with their cellular plans. Instead of buying a subsidized phone on a 2 year contract with excessive costs associated with it, imagine buying an unsubsidized phone with low monthly costs. Normally, people would be turned off by this idea because unsubsidized phones normally cost $500 and up, but Google has shown us they can create a high-end phone at a $300 price without a contract. So, you would only pay a little more than you would by buying a subsidized phone but save on your monthly fees. I think this is the route Google would go if it does get into the cellular business, and I'm all for it.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think google would be better off buying Tmobile or a regional carrier and expanding. I don't see much benefit partnering with Dish based on their current state.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

We actually agree on something.. yup, the world ends in 2012.

35. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I had the same thought, lol.

3. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

This could be interesting however Dish would be a bad partner. I know Dish has some spectrum but they are not fairing to well in their current business. How's that Blockbuster purchase working??

5. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I heard their data services would be free a long as you use google services. they even testing it to other countries.

10. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Probably won't happen in the US. It is likely a violation of net neutrality rules.

20. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Well, if rectangle can be patented in US that one should be possible as well ;P

6. huypaulha94

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Why didn't Google buy T-mobile??? I'm sure that would have been better than the whole AT&T-mobile catastrophe!

7. aikonix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

and name it G-Mobile ;)

11. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

I honestly kind of like that name better -- G-Mobile

14. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

And they should rename the phone's tethering app to "G-spot!" On second thought, they might want to pass on that one. Either way, I am all for your idea. Knowing Google's business model, they'd probably provide excellent service for a lower price than the competition. At worst, it would be superior service at the same price, so I see this as a win-win. Count me in if it ever becomes a thing.

22. minteke

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 27, 2012

...or T-Google :-) Or even T-Mogul !

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yes. Please.

37. cncrim

Posts: 1557; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The reason is if google buy tmobile then the data service wont be cost at low as 30 or maybe as low as 20 a month....... google can go low on mobile data and make it up in ad.

8. jdep1

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Google take in over your information & selling it not like Verizon & at&t aren't doing it but them knowing where you live, what you navigate, they will know your exact location at all times! Who you call & text. Sorry Google I will not sign up for that I'll stick to my WP now.

9. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't care if they know where I live or go if it saves me money i'll take it, I got nothing to hide.

21. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

'Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him.' (Cardinal Richelieu) Cheers :)

12. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Do you realize that ALL of that can be done now without a Google-owned carrier? Anything you fear Google can learn about you, so too can Verizon or any other carrier. Best of luck with your Windows phone, as if it's impossible for that to be used to track you. I think you ought to loosen the tinfoil hat a little. It seems a bit tight.

13. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Just buy T-Mobile!!!!

15. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

This. Will. Be. Awesome. Google wanted to make unlimited data $10 per month, originally. Also, Google will have control over all the updates. DO IT PLEEEEEASE

16. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

A carrier that we could be reasonably certain would NOT put bloatware on its Android phones and, judging by Google's past, would provide great service at low cost? Count. Me. In.

17. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

hmm, i wonder if they would carry the iphone? (before i get bombarded with hate, im ony joking ppl.)

27. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Google would but i doubt Apple would allow a google logo on its phones

36. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Good, it would be terrible for Google to defile its own name like that. *shudders*

18. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Shut the fruck up and take my money... (because you already have all of my personally identifying information...) Seriously however, I would jump to an elGoog wireless carrier if it existed...

19. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

egoogle will make a good phone company, ths because they have the brains and creativity to do it.

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