Google reportedly looking to bring wireless phone service to Fiber cities



Google might not be anywhere near finished getting their fiber-optic network setup, but they’re already thinking about more services to offer now that they have the infrastructure to support it. One of those could be a wireless phone service, if details received by The Information are to be believed.

According to them, Google will look to launch as an MVNO — that is, a service provider who leases the equipment and spectrum of another company — for those currently in one of their few Fiber cities, which include Provo, UT, Kansas City, MO, and upcoming plans to bring the service to Austin, TX.

For what it’s worth, Google is also working on plans to bring Fiber to 9 other metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN, Charlotte, NC and more (though nothing has been guaranteed at this point).

So why would Fiber be important? The Mountain View company will reportedly look to use WiFi-offloading to have users make their calls over WiFi hotspots whenever possible, easing the strain on local communication airwaves. These hotspots will likely feed into the network powered by Fiber, so Google won’t have to rely on third-party installations that might be costly and unreliable.

Google will apparently look to Verizon to provide the goods, with sources citing Google ended early talks with Sprint after the Kansas City company was acquired by Japanese firm SoftBank. Whatever the case may be, it appears we’ll no longer be joking about Google ditching the major carriers of today to start their own network, but it’ll be a while yet before that dream is fully realized.

[via The Verge]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. YES!!!!! I’m in KC! So want!

  2. Oh? I can’t wait to see this come to fruition. Though if they’re borrowing Verizon’s spectrum, will they have to abide by Verizon’s rules when it comes to data allowances?

  3. I love googles strategy, hopefully fiber and wireless phones will force telecoms to clean their acts up. The u.s. pays the most for the slowest speeds and they cry about their infrastructure costs.

  4. Use a service that none of Google’s phones work on. Sounds like a good plan..

  5. Verizon makes no sense…. Nexus line gsm only… hmm lets partner with a way more restrictive network and cdma to boot! What is the thought process here?

  6. Buy up T mobile. Fix it up, rename it G mobile. …..drops Mic, walks off stage.

    1. I think a lot of us on Tmo support this.

  7. I just want them to expand fiber so I can tell comcast, their awful customer service, and magically produced (exorbitant) prices to go shove it.

  8. Makes sense to use the best network. Prefer they buy tmobile and just improve it though

  9. TMO isn’t as great as they think they are. I work in Alexandria, VA and coverage varies depending what side of the street you’re on. (Disclosure: I use VZW for mobile, but I do have TMO on my Chromebook)

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