Google Looking to Take On Wireless Carriers?

By , Sep 23, 2011

Although Google originally started off as just a search engine, it hasn’t been afraid to try its hand in other markets. We’ve seen the Mountain View company produce desktop and cell phone software, and seemingly everything in between.

Well it appears like software wasn’t enough to satisfy the mighty search giant, as now the company is looking into the cell phone carrier market. BGR passes on a report from cellular-news that claims Google is testing an MVNO service in Spain…

MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator, and it’s essentially a carrier that leases bandwidth from larger networks. This is often done with pre-paid operators. Tracfone and Virgin Mobile, for example, are major MVNO carriers here in the U.S.

From the looks of things, Google is pretty far along in its testing. As you can see in the above photo, the company is already producing Google-branded SIM cards. And Google Es shows up in the carrier field of this Nexus S handset.

Of course, Google is no stranger to service providing. The company has been testing a fiber-to-the-home ISP service for over a year now. Mix in services like Google Talk and the new Google Wallet program, and things could start to get real interesting.

Apple has also been rumored to be investigating the MVNO space, but no evidence has turned up of that fact. Regardless, it looks like we could have another field for the two companies to battle on, which would ultimately be a win for us as consumers.

What’s your take on the idea of a Google or Apple-run carrier?

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  • PepperSh8ker

    I am SO down!

  • SimonOrJ

    Not a bad idea when it works on iPhone!

  • Dylan

    Fight cellular networks with wifi!!!

  • Jasper

    Here in the netherlands, unlimited date plans are just removed from the list of plans you can buy, it really sucks, the prices for internet also jumped explosively, google better sets it right..

    • http://www.download1024.com 0man

      I hope, especially as Google usually low priced and has a customer-oriented policy.

  • Jasper

    Here in the netherlands, unlimited date plans are just removed from the list of plans you can buy, it really sucks, the prices for limited also jumped explosively, this all happened with ALL of the carriers.. Google better sets it right..

  • Morgan

    MVNO services work only with unlocked phones. How many of those are in the US? With out the carrier support I won’t be buying an unlocked phone any time soon. It would be interesting, however, to see if Apple or Google could put together a service that worked anywhere there was cell service, regardless of carrier.

  • iPwn

    This story was proven fake by the original poster of it. Move on.