Google may be launching their own wireless cell phone service

In the past Google has shown no fear when trying to expand their business into new markets. After creating and improving Android over the years, as well as bringing their super-fast Google Fiber internet access to select cities, Google may be venturing further into everyday life by launching their very own wireless cell phone service to compete with companies such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Instead of creating their own networks from scratch, Google is said to be buying existing buildings, and towers to become a mobile virtual network operator. This means that they will buy access to networks, and resell it to customers at cheaper rates. The service is expected to initially launch in Google Fiber-enabled cities.

The network will allow its users to send texts, make calls, and browse the web the same as current cell phone providers do. It is also rumored that Google may be using their creation of this network to promote their own Nexus-branded phones. Although it is unlikely that phones from competitors will run on Google's own network, it will be interesting to see how existing providers will fair against Google as the company moves to become a prominent cell phone and internet service provider. 

Source: The Information via Daily Mail

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I love all the whiners on here. Oh no! How DARE Google do this! It is bad! etc etc etc <insert other pointless paranoid comment> Yet if some other company was doing it you'd be applauding them. F'n hypocrits all of you!

Nogib said,
I love all the whiners on here. Oh no! How DARE Google do this! It is bad! etc etc etc <insert other pointless paranoid comment> Yet if some other company was doing it you'd be applauding them. F'n hypocrits all of you!

Yes! if it was Microsoft doing something shady (as usual) many of them would be falling all over themselves trying to justify it.

I am not a google fan by any mean but if they really do this I will be one of the first subscribers. because I really hate At&t, T-Mobile , Sprint and Verizon from the bottom of my heart. I will be a google fan if they do this.

For those that say, you don't use anything google anymore, Google is so widespread that it doesn't really matter if you actively use their products or not. A site somewhere that you visit has highly likely has some offering of google embedded in it be it adwords, doubleclick or some other function and as such it is still tracking you and your behaviors across said sites.

As much as I really don't want google/microsoft/facebook buying a cell phone company I would like if someone threw a bunch of money into T-mobile to actually compete stronger with Verizon and AT&T.

Interesting, whilst I share the concerns of most around data mining etc, I don't have a problem with opening competition. Who knows what will come out of this (in a good way) I mean, Service providers are going to HAVE to come up with competition or be drowned out. Also we've seen the likes of secure/private email providers spring up, will this lead to the introduction of secure/private Telcos/ISP's? Who knows?

End of day - don't like service, don't use it! Who gives a rats ass about what happens to the data?

Expect all calls to be monitored for data mining purposes... And every time you switch your phone on, to have some crappy advert.

This should have been done already, by one of all the big tech companies! Seriously, all these lying telecom operators.. I'm still amazed that I can travel to Thailand, and while there use a Thai pay as you go sim-card, and if I call someone in Sweden it cost less calling from Thailand then if I where in Sweden placing that same call.

Master of Earth said,
Google should have polish the chrome OS to be as good as OS X or Windows because they're rich enough to do it.

They should, but don't and don't have the maturity or engineering team to compete.

They hurt themselves by buying and using base products that they did not create, and that means they are always working off of and fixing things others have done.

Master of Earth said,
Google should have polish the chrome OS to be as good as OS X or Windows because they're rich enough to do it.

Money isn't everything. If it was, IBM would have thrashed Microsoft. Google aren't smart enough and don't have the software ability.

Mobius Enigma said,

They should, but don't and don't have the maturity or engineering team to compete.

They hurt themselves by buying and using base products that they did not create, and that means they are always working off of and fixing things others have done.

Google greatest acquisition is youtube and android. If they want to conquer even more then this is the only part that they haven't finish it.

Biglo said,
Man Google will soon have their hand in everything. Guys are always thinking about the next project.

Yup, scary. Makes me happy I don't use anything Google anymore.

Whoa. I wonder what effect, if any, this will have on Android?

Also, it makes me a little nervous to see Google ever expanding: Phone, email, social media, ISP, wireless provider, maps, web browser, OS, street view, 3D space mapping, analytics, search results, and on and on. One company to rule everything. All our data are belong to Google.

Yeah people are worried about the NSA knowing to much. Google knows who you are, where you are, what you're saying and what you're doing!

Liana said,
Whoa. I wonder what effect, if any, this will have on Android?

Also, it makes me a little nervous to see Google ever expanding: Phone, email, social media, ISP, wireless provider, maps, web browser, OS, street view, 3D space mapping, analytics, search results, and on and on. One company to rule everything. All our data are belong to Google.

The problem with any company, is that it wants to be 'the only one' - you can see this with any of the big technology companies, that continue to expand into new areas all the time. I think they have to demonstrate to shareholders they're going to bring in more and more profit year on year, and once you saturate one particular market and there are no more customers left to win, then you need to branch into new markets and ventures to make more customers and more money.

For example supermarkets here in the UK like Tesco which is one of the giants - they continue to expand into all sorts of new markets which ostensibly have precisely nothing to do with your groceries. Hell, they launched their own tablet computer last year. As if that was a market that needed more competition?!

Big corporations know no limits. They need to be everything and everywhere.

It is the markets Google is spreading in. Am I one of the rare few that sees an obvious pattern here?

Gmail - want user email info
chrome - want to know what websites people visit and what they do there
fiber - want to know what people do on their internet connection
tv/youtube - want to know what people watch
google+ - want to know what people are thinking
android - want to know where people are
glass - want to know what people see

This carrier thing is one of the last things before they could seriously follow people's entire lives in full details.

But nono, Google does no evil, right?

Liana said,

Also, it makes me a little nervous to see Google ever expanding: Phone, email, social media, ISP, wireless provider, maps, web browser, OS, street view, 3D space mapping, analytics, search results, and on and on. One company to rule everything. All our data are belong to Google.

Umbrella Corp.

Shadowzz said,
It is the markets Google is spreading in. Am I one of the rare few that sees an obvious pattern here?

Gmail - want user email info
chrome - want to know what websites people visit and what they do there
fiber - want to know what people do on their internet connection
tv/youtube - want to know what people watch
google+ - want to know what people are thinking
android - want to know where people are
glass - want to know what people see

This carrier thing is one of the last things before they could seriously follow people's entire lives in full details.

But nono, Google does no evil, right?

I guess it depends on how paranoid you are. You could look at it in a slightly more upbeat way, and say that Google are looking at the sorts of systems which have interdependencies and which need to share information between themselves to make the continual drive into 'the cloud' and more online services as seamless and powerful as possible.

Everything is about making information easier to access, easier access to content, faster internet connectivity, better mobile devices, etc etc.

To be honest I don't see how it's even possible to single out a company like Google, and not have the same feelings of paranoia about companies like Microsoft which have their tentacles in just as much of your data, if not more.

Chicane-UK said,

To be honest I don't see how it's even possible to single out a company like Google, and not have the same feelings of paranoia about companies like Microsoft which have their tentacles in just as much of your data, if not more.

The difference is one company lives off your data and others don't (or only a little).

Crimson Rain said,

The difference is one company lives off your data and others don't (or only a little).

Honestly the attitude to Google on here drives me crazy. Yes, Google 'use' your data but they have access to no more than Microsoft have. It's such an infuriatingly blinkered view I can barely stand it.

Nothing blinkered here. One company says "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." In other words, the word privacy should be removed from dictionary.

Other companies? They could care less.

Crimson Rain said,
Nothing blinkered here. One company says "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." In other words, the word privacy should be removed from dictionary.

Utterly ridiculous.

Having access and using that access are 2 different things.
MS might have more access to more personal privacy things then Google. But MS does barely use any of the access to get to know us and sell our souls.

DrOmango said,
You have GOT to be kidding me. Shut up and take my money right now.


...and the final pieces of information they didn't already have about you to sell.

(Not only is this scary, it is frightening that people would willingly participate. I remember a time when just sending bug reports from your computer anonymously was seen as a massive invasion of privacy.)

I don't see a reason to be afraid. I mean, why is it really all that bad for a company who is fairly open about how they handle the data they receive from users (and that is they use it anonymously) as well as provide many ways for you to disable their tracking mechanisms in their own software.

I mean, really. Paranoia can only go so far.

Open and Google in the same sentence. I guess you fell for the marketing, congrats.

Disable tracking on Google? Sure if you're willing to believe that, go for it. I don't however. They continue tracking the same info they just wont let you know they still have/use it. 2 different things, but carry on.

Google spreading into markets where you can obviously see its fueled by the data gathering monster.
Chrome, Gmail, Glass, Fiber and now this Carrier... Mobius sure has a point, and if you're to blind to notice, your own problem. Continue using all of Google's services, I'm sure Google isn't taking notes of your entire life. Hope you're never running for office :)

DrOmango said,
You have GOT to be kidding me. Shut up and take my money right now.

Unfortunately, many Starbucks already using Google fiber and many people(including me), already been a subject matters for them to collect data about me .

Emn1ty said,
I don't see a reason to be afraid. I mean, why is it really all that bad for a company who is fairly open about how they handle the data they receive from users (and that is they use it anonymously) as well as provide many ways for you to disable their tracking mechanisms in their own software.

I mean, really. Paranoia can only go so far.

Oh my looky here a gullible Google faithful who fell for the open crap. They have already violated the law and even through the engineer under the Bus as a PR move. I tell ya, people who blindly love Google are quite something.

nickcruz said,

Oh my looky here a gullible Google faithful who fell for the open crap. They have already violated the law and even through the engineer under the Bus as a PR move. I tell ya, people who blindly love Google are quite something.


Gullible or perhaps uninformed. Most of the privacy violations I've seen from google are to do with individual country's nuances and nothing to do with them outright violating user privacy. Aside from previously cooperating with the NSA (which everyone was doing, not just Google). Afaik first and foremost Google's data collection is done anonymously.

I'm open to examples of some horrific data privacy breeches. Until then, though I'm not going to fear monger.

Mobius Enigma said,

...and the final pieces of information they didn't already have about you to sell.

(Not only is this scary, it is frightening that people would willingly participate. I remember a time when just sending bug reports from your computer anonymously was seen as a massive invasion of privacy.)

I remember when people used to complain about DoubleClick. Seems like a lot of people don't know that Google bought them.

DrOmango said,
You have GOT to be kidding me. Shut up and take my money right now.

I would be one of the earliest subscribers. take my money too.

Emn1ty said,
I don't see a reason to be afraid. I mean, why is it really all that bad for a company who is fairly open about how they handle the data they receive from users (and that is they use it anonymously) as well as provide many ways for you to disable their tracking mechanisms in their own software.

I mean, really. Paranoia can only go so far.

Thank GOD! At least one other person here isn't drinking the kool-aid for once!

Seriously people, Google doesn't make it a secret what they do with your data. And even then it is very benign. People should take off their tin-foil hats before responding on here.

Nogib said,

Thank GOD! At least one other person here isn't drinking the kool-aid for once!

Seriously people, Google doesn't make it a secret what they do with your data. And even then it is very benign. People should take off their tin-foil hats before responding on here.

Except for us that study and teach CIS and would use your posting as an example of how foolish people can be about the value of their own information.

Mobius Enigma said,

Except for us that study and teach CIS and would use your posting as an example of how foolish people can be about the value of their own information.

What information I allow others to see is up to me. Operating under the assumption that the internet is not private in any way (despite how much trouble people go through to make it so) makes it pretty easy to just keep what I don't want others to know offline.