Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Report: Google Wireless cellular announcement is imminent | Ars Technica

Report: Google Wireless cellular announcement is imminent | Ars Technica: "Surprise! Did you think Google's Wireless service was going to take a while to get here? According to The Wall Street Journal, the service could launch as early as tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22. Google has publicly talked about plans to launch an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) wireless service in March and said the service would see the light of day in "the next few months." "Google Wireless" (not necessarily the official name) will resell network access to Sprint and T-Mobile, but with a few twists. The Journal says the system will seamlessly switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi (including for calls), depending on what is available, and that—get this—customers will only have to pay for the data they actually use, rather than purchase a set amount of data every month. The service will, of course, be US only and at first will only work on the Nexus 6. Google isn't aiming for world domination here, just a small-scale, "Google Fiber"-style approach, where a disruptive new service puts pressure on existing services to lower prices and speed up service."

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