Google to become Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO?

Google to become Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO?
According to people knowledgeable about the situation, Google is working on a project called Nova that will make the search giant a Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO. For those unfamiliar with the term, the initials stand for mobile virtual network operator. This means that Google will pay wholesale for access to each carrier's network, and sell voice and data plans to the public at retail.

Google is expected to offer wireless service to the public at lower prices than competing carriers, and is developing mobile communications apps to go along with the business. Besides lowering the cost to the public, Google wants to improve how consumers interact with mobile carriers which has been a long standing issue.

Google might be able to offer its wireless customers discounted prices on Nexus handsets. This would give the company a step-up on Apple as far as owning the whole soup to nuts mobile experience is concerned. And if Google does find this beneficial, will Apple be far behind? Google is believed to be working on launching the service sometime this year.

source: TheInformation, TheNextWeb via AndroidandMe

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26 Comments

1. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

intresting to see what this becomes

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

I want to be first in line for this

2. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Rather see them on AT&T and Verizon.

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

AT&T and Verizon would likely charge Google a premium. That's why.

19. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Let's not forget Verizon's "Greed Cap" on data. At least AT&T is up on all their MVNO's with a soft cap and throttle.

5. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Was just about to say the same. But combined coverage, you cant expect much since it will be prepaid

14. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Verizon offers excellent service at above average cost. If Google decides to do a low cost Nexus I don't see Verizon offering a low cost flagship. And seeing that Verizon still does not sale the Nexus 6 they just aren't interested.

3. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Smart move. But the next step to figure out is selling iphones or not. Not selling them could be a blow at apple but there is no denying that with iphones you could sell more. Ont the other hand, does google need to sell more?

6. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

good. jj

18. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I don't think their purpose is to sell more phones or get into the MVNO business at all. Their primary focus is to get more market share. Pump more phones out and monopolize. This is a perfect time to do it. I don't see iPhone users upgrading to a newer device like they did this time. A lot of people were begging for a larger screen and phone. Now that they have it, I don't believe the 6s and 6s plus will sell as well. I will switch if they sell their handsets at stores like Target, Walmart, Etc... Now that I went prepaid, I dont see any other way. I like going anywhere and being able to pick up a phone if I feel like it. I dont have to jump hoops.

25. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Me neither but there is a chance they would do it just to have more. I think they will just do it to take a piss at other companies especially apple. Not sure if they can hurt the iphone sales but with a cheaper mobile plan people can make a switch to a device that you could get on contract

26. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It's highly unlikely. Selling a competitors device would tarnish their image. It's a completely different phone and OS and they would make little money. They are lowering the cost for prepay options. So, it should be less than $35 for unlimited talk, text, and at least 1gb of lte. It wouldn't make sense when its obvious their interest is in Android and market share. They only bought moto to make a low cost handset and almost broke even on sales when it released. Also, the patents, etc... Aka the Moto G. It was very successful and got a lot of people following android because of it.

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Google is foolish to partner with the two worst networks to be an MVNO. I wish they would've gone with Verizon and AT&T. Of course that would never happen

9. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Google's not foolish, its actually wise to start off small.

8. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I love it! T-Mobile has a great network wherver I go. So, I love that they're partnering with them. I agree with Tziggy14. Verizon would definitely charge them a premium, a hefty one. And i'm sure being a new carrier, MNVO like that, it wouldn't work for them because they would probably end up having to charge more for plans than they would want to due to the premium charge from Verizon.

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

This would be quickly approved by the NSA...err, FCC.

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

LOLS!!!!

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Large fail. Google couldn't market themselves even if Apple did it for them. It won't work.

21. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

They haven't even started yet geez give them a break. Competition is good among companys, they'll make things better for consumers.

13. Totse2k15

Posts: 475; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Verizon and T-Mobile would be better, imo. Sprint sucks!

15. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

They won't sell iPhones and most of these carriers make their money from iPhone sales so I doubt it'll work

16. jesusnexo unregistered

nah, metropcs doesnt have the iphone(at leaast not where i love) and it works

17. ssanders2k7

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

They should do Verizon with unlimited data! Ok ok let a boy wish!

20. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Not as long as Fran Scammo is counting the gold in the back at Verizon...

23. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Google should just buy T-Mobile and Sprint. They can afford it.

24. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Um, antitrust laws?

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