Google | Wireless Carrier
Google wants to be your next wireless carrier and could start offering talk and data plans as early as this year.
The company is getting closer to offering cellular plans to customers, according to a report inThe Information.
Last year, the publication reported that Google executives were thinking about launching a wireless service in regions where it already offers its Google Fiber Internet and TV service. Now, Google is reportedly working on a deal with Sprint and T-Mobile.
By becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Google could buy “wholesale access” from Sprint and T-Mobile networks and then sell cellular plans to its own customers.
Google could buy “wholesale access” from Sprint and T-Mobile networks and then sell cellular plans to its own customers.
While details are slim and Google has not yet responded to a request for comment, the network will launch sometime in 2015, per the report.
The move would be a departure from Google’s core business and signal an even greater emphasis on mobile.
It’s also not the first time Google has shown a big interest in networks: In 2012, it announced it would be bring lightning-fast Internet speeds (100 times faster than usual, in fact) first to residents in Kansas City with Google Fiber. It has since expanded to Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, and is planned to enter new markets soon.