Google reportedly considering its own wireless carrier service

by: Andrew GrushApril 3, 2014

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Google already offers Google Fiber internet access to select markets and is exploring ways to bring web access to remote parts of the world using all sorts of unique methods, but what about cellular phone access? According to a new report from the Information, such an idea is floating around at Google as we speak.

Citing unnamed sources who “discussed the matter with Google”, the service could roll out to the same areas where Google Fiber is offered. As for the network infrastructure? While last year Google was reportedly in talks with Sprint to launch such an MVNO-based service, Google has shifted its plans and is said to be more interested in reaching  deal with Verizon Wireless or perhaps even T-Mobile.

Google exploring Verizon or T-Mobile as possible partners for the service

Verizon could certainly be an attractive option thanks to its wide level of coverage across the U.S., but unless Google made a version of its Nexus handset that played nicely with the Verizon-based MVNO service, it also would mean that the Google carrier wouldn’t necessarily have access to Google’s Nexus 5 — which would be a pretty odd move to say the least.

In many ways, T-Mobile seems like the more natural partner for Google, since T-Mobile’s more progressive approach to wireless phone service would likely better fit in with Google’s own approach. Of course, it’s still early in the game, so it’s hard to say what will happen if and when Google goes ahead with its plans to create its own MVNO carrier service.

Google as a phone service provider

Does the idea of a Google-backed MVNO make sense? It really depends on how Google presents the service. If it was included as a freebie or a bundled part of Google Fiber, absolutely. If Google could control software updates on its MVNO-based carrier it could also potentially offer faster Android updates, which could make its service even more appealing for those of us rocking Android devices.

The Information speculates that Google’s wireless service could work somewhat like Republic Wireless, in that it would use Google Fiber Wi-Fi access points to make calls, texts and use data when it can, and would then route over to their partnering network in situations where you don’t have Wi-Fi access.

What do you think, would you be interested in a Google-backed wireless service provider, particularly if it was included as an option alongside Google Fiber? Let us know what you think in the comments!

  • I’d smoke it

  • Jusephe

    Only thing Google is comsiderimg is how to make more ad impressions.

  • Anonymousfella

    ” which could make tits service even more appealing for those of us rocking Android devices”

    Tits service?! I’d sign up in an instant!

    • MasterMuffin
      • Dexter

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        • MasterMuffin

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          • Arcybiskup

            Before “wait X secs” appears again, the boobs are displayed for like… 1-2 seconds… how does one fap so fast?

          • MasterMuffin


          • Arcybiskup

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          • MasterMuffin

            I’m just going to end this conversation now… :)

      • Arcybiskup


  • Drago

    T-Mobile would be a good choice. They’re number four, but they’re stirring up the wireless market.

    I’d be happy. I’m already on T-Mobile.

    • Shark Bait

      Totally , plus their GSM and would make the move to Europe easier

  • RichardAJennings

    !! id get a google service over the other carriers anyday!

  • Justin ta

    I personally feel that Sprint should be a partner with Google since they have really been pushing for a consolidation for scale to compete against the duopoly of Verizon and AT&T. Masayoshi Son wants to lower the price and offer faster speeds, and who better than Google to keep them in check. I personally can write an article about this as I have been researching a lot of our wireless industry. There is a lot for me to write but I will post it in my blog soon.

    • Justin ta

      This would also avoid the regulators leaving t-mobile #4 since everyone thinks that they have been competing strongly, but there prices are relatively the same as Sprint.

    • Buck Bazhaw

      Sprint is CDMA…..

  • shivakool

    which could make tits service even more appealing

  • AbbyZFresh

    Just what we need. Big Brother wanting to become everything.

    With that said. Google BETTER start buying up Verizon first since they have the largest base of customers. Creating a Google Wireless from scratch is a lot of money. Better to use existing infrastructure. Most importantly, please extend this to more places than just the Google Fiber cities.

  • DW Duck

    Sure if they brought it to my neck of the woods and used T-Mobile.. I would jump on it in a heartbeat

  • Take my money Google!!

  • DarxideGarrison

    Would Google have their own physical store and would they offer more than Nexus and Play Edition devices? Could someone go in and buy a Galaxy S5 running Touchwiz or an HTC One running Sense? Would software updates come faster because the chain would be Google➡ Samsung➡ Google?

  • Rauel Crespo

    Why doesn’t Google just buy T-Mobile…I’d much prefer that over a merger with Sprint.

  • Rauel Crespo

    Google buying T-Mobile would be GOLD!!!


    Now this is something I would support.

  • heehehe

    Could you imagine? “Here, sign up for Google plan? Alright, unlimited talk/text/data? Cool!
    Now here’s your Stock Android device no fucking BS preinstalled, have at it!”

    I WANT

    • Verga Negra

      FUCK YEAH!!!

  • hamakiofficial

    Fuck You for wasting 2 minutes of my life :D

  • hamakiofficial

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  • David Bowline

    Oh please, please buy T-Mobile! They are the most customer friendly MVNO going and they still suck! As a T-Mobile customer i’m all for it…. Oh and bring is some Google fiber whole you’re at it! I don’t want to have to quit my job and move back to Kansas City!

  • Tran Nguyen

    It’s depend on how much the Google charge for services plans. I wish that Google will compete with other carriers.

  • Oli72

    Sign me up

  • endy

    G-Mobile. The best option. Merger, buy out…I don’t care, please just make it happen. Sign me up today.

  • Amadeus Klein

    Just Buy T-Mobile and re-brand and massively expand it… Forget MNVO… Keeping their current trends toward customer service of course…

  • Antoniojr Avellanosa

    What could be the best wireless apps for google?Lg can offer you more.consider my proposition.