Google Branded SIM Appears in Spain?
Oh the almighty Google, when will you ever stop? As we all know, Google is probably one of the most influential information technology companies of our time. With their recent foray into telephony/video calling services via their expansion of Google Voice, and with their awesome addition to Google + via their ‘Hangout’s feature, it’s evident that they will continue to march forward in the area of mobile communications services.
Android is the world’s fastest growing mobile operating system, with nearly 600,000 activations occurring daily now. It appears that the day for you to not have to pay for minutes to your carrier approaches ever sooner if this image is indeed to be taken as truth. That being said, a clever Photoshopper with the time and the skills could have easily created this.
But – for a minute, let’s just think – wouldn’t it be nice just to have to pay for data? With Google Voice being a fantastic alternative to making calls within the United States and Canada, and providing extremely reasonable rates to call overseas, we have no doubt that the carriers (and their shareholders) must be shaking in their boots, having enjoyed the huge double whammy party they’ve forced consumers to pay, making consumers have to pay for minutes and data alike.
As the photos above clearly show, it looks like a SIM card with Google’s brand. According to the rumors, these SIM cards are currently being tested on the Nexus S. The image itself is said to come from Spain, and apparently, after it was inserted into the Nexus S, the carrier branding changed to Google_Es. Also, the source suggests that Google could indeed become a ‘virtual’ operator and collaborate with either Pepephone or Simyo – Spain’s primary telecom operators.
Could Google be testing trial services in Spain? Do they plan on entering the telecom business? Or is this all a big hoax, meant to cause a big stir? One thing is sure folks – this image can’t make the carriers too happy.
How about you – would you become a customer if Google launched mobile device service?