Is Google looking to debut as a wireless carrier?

Is Google looking to debut as a wireless carrier?
The span of Google’s interests is truly prolific, but now the carrier might surprise us even its most open-minded supporters as it might be planning to step in the shoes of wireless carriers by launching a mobile virtual network (MVN). The new Google MVN operator may have already kicked off trials in Spain and there’s an image of what looks like a Google-branded SIM card and a Nexus S running on a network dubbed “Google_es” to prove this. A number of trusted engineers have received this starter pack in the European country.

Now, MVN operators (MVNOs) usually roam on other carriers networks without actually owning any of the spectrum. They just resell wireless service under their own brands with numerous examples of such carriers in the States including Boost Mobile which for example rides on Sprint radiowaves. The engineers who got the starter packs will reportedly test three Spanish networks - Movistar, Orange and Vodafone - to determine which one to use.

There are no further details but we are tempted to speculate about a possible deep integration of VoIP service like Google Voice, which would possibly allow such a carrier to drop prices significantly and actually give it a competitive advantage in a congested industry. As to a Google carrier stateside, there are no indications of that happening for the time being - but after Google’s acquisition of Motorola, who knows what the future holds anyway?

source: EOL via BGR


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57 Comments

62. Yogi unregistered

While you all seem happy and joyous. The simple fact remain; they are truly cornering the market in every aspect of capitalizm and are becoming a World Monopoly..... And everyone seems to ignore this fact. The blind eye we as a society create and allow towards companies. To be able to saturate the environment we live in with brand names and status quo's, and most of us dont even realize the reason we even purchase the things we do, the perfect example Apple/Google. Brain washed to believe their product are better but It's all made the same in China with the same components Intel /AMD all the same, yet their reason most users like to give is "It's an Apple", No its a computer you dont even use and all you do is bragg about how much you spent on something you dont use. To much control and authority is being given to Google and other corporations and we have become to blind to our own actions. We must wake up and read deeper into hat companies ask of us instead of just agreeing to popular society.

60. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If they do become a carrier, they should merge with T-Mobile, instead of AT&T merging..

59. merdoc

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

they should change it to Gmobile if they buy t-mobile or G+wireless

56. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Google buys Tmo? Dumb, Dumb, and Dummer! Ok so Google buys Tmo. What do you fanboys think will happen? Yes! There will only be Android phones on the shelves! No choice for customers! Only the fanboys will stay, the rest will leave the new "Tmoogle."

52. xyz dragon unregistered

we may even see google become a corporation for medicine and creating vaccines and then we may even see they failed to make vaccines and caused chemically damaged the human cells and then there is ZOMBIES, resident evil is coming brought to you by Google corp.

55. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Then there will be Resident evil 6, and I'll have to by another xbox360 or in this case 720 to kill all those Google Zombies and use Wp8 to monitor my achievements where ever I go. Good deal! LOLzz!!!

49. Random Person unregistered

Google's a great company, don't get me wrong, but them operating a cell phone carrier i wouldn't like. Alot of people are saying "Google should buy t-mobile", and i completely disagree. I would feel restricted, and feel as if android is my only option. Even though Google would probably allow Wp7, or the Iphone onto the network, they would probably be hesitant, and/or not get as high quality phones as other carriers would. I want to be able to choose between android and wp7. Currently i'm on wp7, and honestly, i'm surprised how much i love it. The biggest thing for me is having a carrier that's has too many androids, and not enough outside choices. And lets face reality, nothing lasts forever, Blackberry declined, ios is on a slow path of declining, every technology slowly declines and gets replaced. Eventually android will decline, and other software will thrive, and decline again. But my overall point is, If android declines, a carrier intertwined with android will decline as well. What would save the carrier?

45. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I swear google is going to be top company very soon!

44. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Good for Google, but we'll have to see what other carriers have to say. One question is, will it be neccessary for them to carry Android phones?

43. Rocketman unregistered

Google is trying to follow the lead of Microsoft. With the MS acquisition of Skype (Voice over IP), MS may be able to bypass any Telecomcompany. MS is also integrating Skype and Lync into Windows 8, and already there is concrete proof that you will be able to make calls from your Windows 8 PC, tablet or labtop to any mobile or landline phone. It's also no secret that MS will be integrating Skype in it's enterprise products, TV's, mobile phones, Xbox etc. AT&T and other Telecomcompanies are not happy with the acquisition of Skype by MS, but MS has, wisely, not given any details as to what it's true intentions are with Skype. With Skype MS can offer free or real cheap voice over IP calls at competitive prices. Google has no choice, if it is to compete with a MS-Skype combination, but to try to try to get acces to cheap telecomnetwork. A lot of people failed to see the rational of MS Skype combination, but trust me MS knows what's it doing.

38. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I love Google. I wish They were partners with Apple. That SIM card and MacBook Pro is a great picture.

34. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I don't see this happening. It's not profitable for them.

39. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Yeah pushing out a network optimized for the Android platform, with all the phone makers(except Apple) having a more device friendly network to develop devices for......Yeah you nailed that not profitable thing down......NOOOOOOOOT

31. baldilocks

Posts: 1555; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Google wants to know everything about everything and everyone. No thanks. They'd just record everything you did.

32. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

someone is doing naughtty things

33. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Unlike the credit card companies, online shopping sites, facebook, twitter, etc... While America and the world(not me) are fascinated by shows like Idol, what the masses don't realize that what was once a chance decision ( finding talent that will sell records) now we are taking the guesswork out of the equation. It is not only Google.

28. henk-jan unregistered

Google has to go in space bussiness! NASA is to slow!

27. JaceK unregistered

And this is good? Right, then try getting support on their "network" just like you get for the Nexus phones on their email "support" pages.

25. hammertong

Posts: 42; Member since: May 10, 2010

Perhaps Google would consider buying T-Mobile.

23. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Depending on the time frame, think about an LTE, data only, phone deployment... your only purchasing use of the LTE frequency. LTE would be plenty fast for crystal clear VoIP. No need for standard GSM or CDMA, LTE will cover so much ground in the next couple of years ,it will be all you really need. In theory.

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

GOOGLE WORLD WIDE! That be sweet!

20. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

If Google steps in to the American market then the ATT/ T-mobile merger will definitely happen. Hesse wouldn't be able to deny competition working with another company coming in. I would like to see this company at work in the wireless service industry. It will be an interesting watch not to mention with all Google everywhere people might utter the "M" word at them. When in fact they are just profiting on a great business model.

29. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Is there truly enough spectrum out there left for a large startup network? Would Google have to aquire a moblile carrier? Which one makes a good partner for Google?

30. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

If anyone has the pockets to start up a network it's Google. It would be easier for Google to acquire a carrier but who will sell it to them. If they show an interest in starting up in the US then the deal that T-mobile has already established with ATT will go through. If they want to start up a GSM network then they will have to start from the ground up.

18. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

hey i need google in gsm not cdma.

21. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Google will be on both, gsm and cdma. true world phones out of the box.

9. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

if they'd offer unlimited data on a national network sign me in!

8. DeviantDroid

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

I love Google!!!! I wish they would buy T-Mobile!!!!

40. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

OMG that would be awesome.

6. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

Google is taking over the world! just like walmart and Mcdonalds! lol

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