Is Google going to launch its own wireless carrier?

Google bought Motorola earlier this year for $12.5 billion, which effectively allowed Google to become a company that created both a mobile OS in Android and the smartphones that run that same OS, such as the RAZR Maxx HD above. Apple and RIM have done the same with iOS and BlackBerry, respectively. But is Google ready to take the final step in the wireless phone business?

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is at least thinking about it. It reports unnamed sources have said Google has held talks with Dish Network in recent weeks about possibly launching a new wireless phone carrier that would compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T.

The article emphasized that these talks were very preliminary and may not actually result in any sort of deal. However, if these rumors are true, it shows that Google is thinking seriously about eliminating the final middle man and could give customers a phone, an OS and a wireless service in one big bundle.

You can bet that if Google does move forward with these plans, it won't please Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or any other wireless provider. Those providers have been happy to promote Android products for the past four years and helped Google dominate the smartphone market during that period of time. If Google suddenly competes directly with carriers, it could lead to lawsuits that might claim Google is trying to establish a mobile phone monopoly.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Google

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I want to see Microsoft, Apple and Google all come together to create a Super Wi-Fi network that uses VoIP to COMPLETELY disrupt the out-of-control power that the mega carriers now wield.

¡VIVA LA REVOLUCION!

Darth Tigris said,
I want to see Microsoft, Apple and Google all come together to create a Super Wi-Fi network that uses VoIP to COMPLETELY disrupt the out-of-control power that the mega carriers now wield.

¡VIVA LA REVOLUCION!


Stop the drugs.

they should team up with t-mobile usa, they like android sets, then they could enter a world dominance and alliance with t-mo usa mother company dt.

I think launching a new wireless carrier is a bad idea, in Canada we got 2 new startups Wind/Mobilicity and they are just being bullied by the big three carriers. Kind of hard to make it in an established market.

Dale said,
I think launching a new wireless carrier is a bad idea, in Canada we got 2 new startups Wind/Mobilicity and they are just being bullied by the big three carriers. Kind of hard to make it in an established market.

That's because no one knows them. Google is a international brand.

pes2013 said,

That's because no one knows them. Google is a international brand.

But in America Verizon and AT&T control something like 75% of the US cellular market, not including MVNOs.

Google would have to fight for the frequency spectrums, and since the FCC is a useless organization that allows monopolies good luck with that. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all have their own frequencies and they aren't going to give them up anytime soon.

-Razorfold said,

But in America Verizon and AT&T control something like 75% of the US cellular market, not including MVNOs.

Google would have to fight for the frequency spectrums, and since the FCC is a useless organization that allows monopolies good luck with that. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all have their own frequencies and they aren't going to give them up anytime soon.


Google is capable of fighting them.

pes2013 said,

Google is capable of fighting them.

so is wind in Canada, but telus/bell/rogers fight for it all, and then lower their superior network prices to be similar to winds to make you not want to go to them as a consumer,

Contract Clause, they can record and monitor all your mobile phone calls for targetted advertising in those small breaks in conversation

Kind of like OEMs cried when Microsoft released their own tablet?

Sometimes ecosystems become stagnant, they end up not innovating or worrying about providing a better service. There's no reason wireless carriers should be charging so much for such crappy service. I get 1-2 bars with Verizon where I live, and about 60% of the time I don't have 3G, yet I'm paying almost a hundred bucks a month for this garbage.

Bring in Google, let them do to the wireless carriers what they started doing to ISPs. Might take them a while, but at least they'll show consumers that it CAN be done. In my opinion they should buy out Sprint and expand from there.

Android shouldn't have anything to do with this whole ordeal. Nothing's changed as far as the OS goes. The only difference is that a different company might come in and charge less and provide a better service for what current companies are overcharging for.

It shouldn't be anything personal. AT&T and Verizon can still sell Android devices, just like they always have. If customers like their service and think it's worth the high price then customers will go with them. It's a free market.

The Laughing Man said,
I hope they call it SkyNet.

Yeh.. Google isn't gonna conquer the world, if it looked like it's power had gone to far the US Gov could just liquidate the company in the nation's interest,

I would actually like to see Google take another route and get more free public WI-FI available, as well on trains and buses. I rather be free of having cell service that is not worth the high prices and 2-year contracts. In exchange, Google could limit the free Wi-Fi access to Android tablets and phones.