Report: Google's MVNO to launch April 22nd?

Report: Google's MVNO to launch April 22nd?
A report published on Tuesday indicates that Google's wireless service could debut as soon as tomorrow. A previous leak hinted that Google will allow users to pay for only the amount of data they use each month. A recent study suggests that smartphone users waste $16 worth of data that expires each month. Some carriers like T-Mobile with its Data Stash, and AT&T with Rollover Minutes, allow users to push unused data into the future (one month for AT&T users and up to twelve months for T-Mobile subscribers).

Google's service will use Sprint and T-Mobile's networks and the only phone being offered to subscribers is the Nexus 6 phablet manufactured by Motorola. The phone will be able to switch between the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, giving users the opportunity to use whichever carrier has the strongest signal at any given time. Like other hybrid carriers like FreedomPop and Republic Wireless, subscribers to Google's service will use a mixture of Wi-Fi connectivity and cellular networks.

While Google is planning to offer its wireless service as a small experiment and isn't looking to disrupt the industry, the truth is that depending on how the tech titan prices its service, and the features it offers, Google could turn out to be more influential than it wants to be. It isn't for altruistic reasons that Google is doing this. As more consumers go online, more use Google services like YouTube and Google Maps. That allows the company to charge more for online ads.

If Google does launch its new wireless service tomorrow, we should soon be hearing all about how much talk, text and data plans will cost. Keep checking in right here and when the news breaks, we'll pass it along to you.

source: WSJ

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17 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Sounds cool

2. QWERTYslider unregistered

Current phones do NOT work on both T-mobile and Sprint. So, how is google going to do this?

3. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The unlocked Nexus 6 from the Google store works on all 4 major US carriers plus U.S. Cellular. It supports all the bands of these networks and the google unlocked ones have their MEIDs in Sprint's, Verizon's and USC's systems.

6. QWERTYslider unregistered

Are you sure the Nexus 6 works on all 4? I thought Sprint phones can only work on Sprint. Also, I thought a VZW phone on T-mobile would not get 4G or the best service and Vice Versa? Thanks.

7. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Sprint only allows devices that have had their MEIDs put in sprint's white list system to be on their network. Even though all north american models of the nexus 6 are the same hardware, the only ones that activate on sprint are ones from the google store and sprint-sold ones. VZW phones can work on T-mobile but like you said, most do not get the best service because they don't support ALL the bands/frequencies T-mobile uses. But some like the Droid Turbo support the most important T-mobile LTE bands and would theoretically work fine on it.

9. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

...And I'm sure the N6 works on the 4 carriers. Also, T-mobile phones do not work on VZW. None of them are CDMA-capable that I know of (besides N6.)

10. QWERTYslider unregistered

Thanks Murron. :) If I buy a Samsung S6 today from VZW, will it get the fastest speeds available from T-mobile if I switch the VZW S6 to T-mobile when my VZW contract is up? Sprint claims they share VZW's network, but I always miss calls and texts in my home in Philadelphia with my Sprint Samsung S4. (on the 3rd floor, and near a window) Thanks.

11. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The Verizon S6 supports LTE band 4 Which is their primary Frequency, but not band 2 LTE. It does not support the main 3g or hspa+ band either.( You would get either 2g or LTE most places, with no 3g except for certain markets) If you go on T-mobiles coverage map and click somewhere like yreka, CA for example, it will say "Newly 4g LTE here." That means you wouldn't get LTE there on your Verizon S6. If you need nationwide LTE/3g coverage on T-mobile, I would NOT suggest using a Verizon S6.

12. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

T-mobile's plan is to upgrade their entire 2g edge network to LTE and they're going to use the band 2 LTE (No work on VZW S6) to do most of it, so keep that in mind as well.

13. QWERTYslider unregistered

Thanks for the explanation. My Sprint keeps missing calls and texts, so I was thinking of trying VZW, but don't want to get stuck paying high VZW rates forever.

17. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Hey, Verizon S6 Actually does support LTE band 2! When I checked before, I was on Verizon's website and it said it only supported bands 13/4. Samsung's website says it is band 2 capable. So it will be a lot better on T-mo than I thought. Still no band 12 but that is not going to be nation wide I think

5. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Thats why it stated that the only phone available for the service so far is the Nexus 6 which works on both T-mobile and Sprint networks.

15. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Saygus V2?

4. QWERTYslider unregistered

The Nexus 6 is HUGE. Like a freaking iPad. The LG G3 is the biggest phone I would ever want, and the Samsung S4 is the perfect size.

8. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I think they made a huge mistake by not going with a 5.5 inch display. Then again, they needed something to differentiate it more from the 5.2 inch Moto X, which was pretty much the Nexus 5 successor without the 'Nexus' label. I hope they reduce the price for the Nexus this year, which would go quite well with the MVNO. I could also see the possibility of a reduced price only for those with their MVNO.

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Show me plans, then we'll talk. And, no hard caps please...

16. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wonder if the Nexus 5 will be compatiable? It was available on both t-mobile and sprint. I have no desire to carry around a phone the size of a laptop computer, but wouldn't mind testing it out with my Nexus 5 that I have laying around.

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