Report: Google considers becoming a wireless carrier

Report: Google considers becoming a wireless carrier
A report published on Thursday has brought back a rumor that has been making the rounds over the last few years. According to "unnamed sources" who allegedly had discussions with Google, the Mountain View based tech titan is entertaining the idea of becoming a mobile carrier. The report says that Google could roll out the service in the same areas where it offers Google Fiber. Google had apparently toyed with the idea of offering wireless service in 2012, but by December of that year it had decided that there was too much red tape involved.

There was also some talk last year that Google would work out a deal to become a Sprint MVNO. Now, Google is said to be interested in working out an MVNO deal with Verizon or T-Mobile. Verizon is the largest carrier in the U.S., while T-Mobile is considered the most innovative operator in the industry.

There is speculation that Google would offer a hybrid service similar to Republic Wireless and Freedom Pop. These carriers offer their customers low cost  plans by using Wi-Fi connectivity to carry calls, texts and data. Once outside the range of a Wi-Fi signal, the carriers connect using a 3G or 4G signal from Sprint. Google's hybrid service could use Wi-Fi from Google Fiber and a regular cell signal from whichever carrier it partners up with.

source: TheInformation via AndroidAuthority

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36 Comments

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google as a wireless carrier no thanks. Just give me Fiber and call it a day.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple as a wireless carrier no thanks to that. I prefer GOOGLE and don't want to pay 80$ a month on a phone bill.

25. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

More like Apple would charge $150 for the lowest rate plan. 1,000 voice minutes, 1,000 text and 1gb of data all for the low price of $150!!

37. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

80$ Phone bill from apple? You must be dreaming... It will be like 0.01$ per Second for voice calls, 0.99$ per SMS, 100$ per GB of data..

22. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Troll detected.

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Dear Google, Please, contact Deutsche Telekom at investor.relations@telekom.de to make a bid for T-mobile and bring some real competition among mobile carriers as Google Fiber brought to broadband operators. Best regards, Tiredof American Cronyism

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If it does do a hybrid thing....it will be AT&T or T Mo. So glad that they embrace the GSM networks more....or the GSM embrace them more.

15. atlvideoguy

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Google should purchase T-Mobile!

16. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Please Please Please!!!! I would drop Sprint in a second if they brought even comparable speeds to my area.

17. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Imagine Google services, products, phones, software and becoming a carrier would be the biggest day for android because all phone would be allowed cause some phone manufacturers have no contract with the four major carriers so i kinda clear where Google is heading, meaning all android manufacture would be able to use Google as service and these could be trouble for the other carriers.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

It will be GSM based if this happens. My reason why: Nexus phones did alot better on GSM networks with Android updates due to issues with CDMA, LTE licenses. (Not too sure....didnt go back and get the right info....but this is in the ball park) Easier to bring your own device to a GSM network. GSM 3G is alot faster than CDMA right now. One could theoretically be throttled down to 3G and not really be affected.

38. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

It's going to be VoLTE.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If Google does become a carrier with inexpensive phone plans that WOULD BE AWESOME. remember those GOOGLE SIM card pics from few years ago still wondering if its a rumor or true.

24. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Google needs to make a serious bid for T-Mobile. I'm pretty sure the FCC and DOJ would find that more acceptable than Softbank trying to merge T-Mobile with Sprint. G-Mobile. I like the sound of that.

40. g2a5b0e unregistered

I've been saying it for years. T-Mobile, under the tutelage of Google would become the best carrier ever in a matter of a few years. Verizon, AT&T, & Sprint would fight it tooth & nail though. But, considering the lobbying power that the former 2 have, Google would have to jump through some serious hoops to make it happen.

26. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Bring Google Fiber fast to MN, tired of Comcast...

32. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Please come to my country and be a wireless carrier here. Many wireless carriers here suck

36. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

If Google becomes MVNO of BigRed, then next iteration of Nexus devices will work with all major carriers right???

39. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

According to the other sites on the interwebs, Google wants to do this where they currently have Fiber established. If Google were to offer good deals for what you get (minutes/data), which I'm sure they would, I would not have issue switching to Google as my provider. I just hope they choose GSM, as it would make it easier for most people to switch. I know several of the Verizon LTE phones are sim unlocked, whereas it's almost impossible to bring a non-Sprint/Verizon branded phone onto Sprint/Verizon.

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