Validation! Google Wireless planned as data-only VoIP service in late-2013

Validation! Google Wireless planned as data-only VoIP service in late-2013
Okay, we cant say that we predicted this, given that we just wrote about it yesterday. But, it seems some credit is due for knowing how the minds at Google work. It sounds like the deal between Google and Dish Network is being finalized, and Google is planning to launch a wireless network by late 2013 that will be data-only, using VoIP and data for SMS.

The pseudo-confirmation comes from 9to5Google, so we would be wary of putting too much faith in it. It's hard to believe that in just one day the news could shift this much. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal said that while Google and Dish Networks were in talks, there was no deal, and a solid chance that nothing may come of the negotiations. 

Now, according to an anonymous 9to5Google source, the deal between Google and Dish is nearing finalization, and the plans for launch are actually well under way, and that the service is planned to go live by mid-to-late 2013. That's a pretty big disparity between reports, and not to sound biased against the blogosphere, but we tend to believe WSJ more on this one. 

Still, regardless of how soon or far away the plans are, 9to5Google is also reporting that our dream scenario may be coming true, that Google's wireless network would be data-only and do SMS and voice over data, likely with the help of Google Voice. As much as we are wary of 9to5Google's source, we will admit getting suckered into wanting to believe, if only so our dream becomes reality.

source: 9to5Google



1. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

SIgn me up, please

5. MeoCao unregistered

Wow, this is real REVOLUTION! Google Fiber, Google Wireless the pieces come together and suddenly there will be no more cutthroat data plans. Bye bye Verizon.

32. MpowerSkills

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 19, 2011

Why won't they by cuttthroat? And wont Verizon network still be needed for a long time to come? I assume Google won't have a data coverage map thats very big for a while yet.

33. MeoCao unregistered

Google has different business model, they are in advertising business so they need people to use their services as much as possible. We see that everything Google offers is very cheap or free including Google Fiber, Nexus 4... And I expect the same thing with Google Wireless. Of course Verizon will be there to stay, but Google is pushing hard to make the internet access more affordable and if Google wireless is successful Verizon must change or else.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

best have unlimited data , use phones that work on WIFI and cellular using GSM and CDMA LTE ( and wimax just to cover all the bases but wont happen lol) and you can sign me up! (and unlocked phones to)

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Why CDMA AND GSM? Having both would add uneeded cost and complication. I would guess Google would use GSM so it would be worldwide

3. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yes woot!!!

4. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Google you have my support.

6. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

I love the idea, but if it's from an anonymous source, then it's not validated.

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

wow...!!! Google is really changing the world for Good.

8. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Google Voice + Groove + Google Wireless = Satisfied Customer

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Google, there is country named india. Just have an eye in it.....

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the only problem is that with google voice there is no MMS unless your talking between 2 sprint customers. If they can get that figured out and talk about national roaming agreements, they will have my ear. I rarely make calls, so a data only service + VoiP is really up my alley.

12. LamaFc

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I doubt they will let that go unchanged. Google is smart and tactical. remember Gmail beta? If you do you'll remember that they said it was apart of a "larger project" and so here we are. G Voice may have very well been just that.

17. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

+1 for both of you. One question i just thought of. If it is VoIP can you talk and surf Never mind. I thought about it. I can play Pandora and look at this site so one would imagine you could

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm on T-Mo and I have been getting MMS via Google Voice. It's weird though, because the text comes as an SMS, and the attached picture gets forwarded to e-mail.

11. LamaFc

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I love Sprint but I worship Google. Sign me up!

13. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012


15. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

Google may be a little too late to make their own wireless service with players like Verizon and AT&T readying to do the same thing with VoLTE. With that said, Google's pricing will actually give the companies a run for their money as Google will almost certainly offer cheaper prices. Will these players match Google's wireless offerings or will they bleed subscribers left and right until they get with the program? Time will tell. Currently with VZW' and AT&T's shared data plans one has to pay for unlimited talk and text in addition to paying for data, if they move to having everything done over LTE will they risk charging for talk and text and get undercut by Google or do they stop raping their subscribers and acknowledge that they have competition?

23. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

"if they move to having everything done over LTE will they risk charging for talk and text and get undercut by Google or do they stop raping their subscribers and acknowledge that they have competition?" It's for this very reason why I don't think that Google's too late to make their own wireless service. If you've got the money, it's never too late to enter the market. Google's pricing will probably be extremely competitive. Compared to current plans, it'll seem like free, I'm sure. This alone will attract a HUGE number of customers early on, including my family I'm sure. As they build up their network, the holdouts who wanted better coverage will likely be swayed by the better pricing. Again, I don't think it's too late for Google.

18. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

The reign of the greedy wireless companies will soon be at end.

19. carlosechev07

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Sign me up, please... it's unacceptable the price that Vullyzon and AT&T force the user to pay for voice+data packages..

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

a little spontaneous given the fact that it came from an anonymous source, but im also inclined to believe this is real because I really dont see why the "anonymous" person would give that much info and be lying about it......Unless he is a little spontaneous as well and would just want to see this come to pass.......but Im gonna doubt that and go with what seems to be true..........hopefully it is and we all can make america a better place by freeing up peoples wallets a bit for doing what is pretty basic in the first place......making phone calls!

22. JaiCameron

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Google I can't say this enough but shut up and take my money.

24. freemarketeer

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 05, 2010

There are a couple reasons that I don't think this will happen or that it will and flop. First and foremost are the two key resources to delivering wireless phone service: bandwith and infrastructure. While Dish may have some spectrum, it pales when compared to the amount held other wireless carriers and if they are doing a data only network, they are going to need as much as they can. Then of course you have to build a network out from scratch. That means securing leases, running fiber, erecting towers, configuring antennas, building your switching system and NOC; the whole deal which means that a launch date within 12 months is highly unlikely. All this with capital costs in the billions of dollars. Then of course you have Google directly competing with its domestic carrier partners who more than likely will not be too happy and put as much money and resources into promoting their platform. Now some of you would say "So what? People will just use Google's service instead if they want Android." This is assuming that Google, with a marginal coverage footprint to boot, is able to recapture 100% of the existing Android base from other carriers and these users wouldn't simply switch to a competing platform. This would ultimately undermine the growth of their platform in the US. This all plays into doing a simple cost benefit analysis of such an idea. Google along with Dish would take on the operating expenses of a wireless network, which for any quality, will run north of $10 billion per year. While Google has been known to do certain things at a loss as it helps their more profitable segments, I doubt they would see enough of an increase to offset that kind of expenditure. Google is about creating capture points for the data they mine, not the connection to them. If anything, I see possibly a partnership of Dish with Google TV, which makes far more sense rather than taking on the massive task of building out a nationwide wireless network.

28. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

they can do it bro.........

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I still think they should buy T-Mobile, but I guess Google knows what they're doing.

27. VictoriaBrownberry

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Oh cool. Brighter and faster speeds ahead :)

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Give me unlimited data and good coverage and I'm sold.

30. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Hell Yeah just like I said data only and talk thur voip. I'm all in.

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